Indiana Police Searching for Murder Suspect Released by Accident: 'We Will Find You'

Kevin Mason, 28, was mistakenly released from jail by Indiana authorities due to a clerical error

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Kevin Mason, who was mistakenly released by authorities in Indiana.

A manhunt is underway for a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from an Indiana jail due to a clerical error.

Kevin Mason, 28, has been wanted by the Minnesota Police Department since Sept. 13 having been arrested on warrants for homicide, parole violation and possession of a firearm in connection to a 2021 shooting in Minneapolis and then released, per the Indianapolis Star.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Mason’s capture. It said that Mason may either be in the Indianapolis or Minneapolis areas.

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NBC News reported that Mason was arrested on Sept. 11 in Indianapolis, and had been detained at the Adult Detention Center. He was accidentally released two days later.

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"On Sept. 12 one of our inmate records clerks thought she was correcting different bookings for Mr. Mason. She removed two of the holds leaving one additional hold for Mr. Mason. The next day on Sept. 13, Ramsey County, out of Minnesota, lifted the last and final hold that we had booked on for Mr. Mason," Marion County Sheriff’s Office Col. James Martin told reporters Tuesday, per NBC News.

He further added: "Our clerk that was reviewing it sees three Minnesota holds, didn’t realize what she was doing obviously. It's a critical error, critical mistake."

The sheriff’s office announced in a press release shared on Facebook that two employees were terminated on Sept. 15 in relation to the incident.

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Authorities said Wednesday that a woman, Desiree Oliver, 29, was arrested and charged with assisting Mason, per Fox 59.

“We’re going to be very aggressive in pursuing you,” Martin said Thursday, per ABC News, referring to those thinking about assisting Mason. “We will find you. We will criminally charge you, just as we did Desiree Oliver.”

The sheriff’s office said that the accidental release was not disclosed to the public until six days later so that it could be used as a “tactical advantage” to apprehend Mason and prevent him from hiding, NBC News reported.

Mason was charged in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court In August 2021 with second-degree intentional murder and illegal weapons possession over the shooting of Dontevius Ahmad Catchings in Minneapolis two months prior, per the Star Tribune . According to the murder charges, the two got into a fight over a gun outside of a funeral when gunfire erupted, resulting in Catchings’ death, per the outlet.

The mother of Dontevius Catchings, Sharita Catchings told WRTV, “To find out that they have finally caught this man that we’d been waiting on to get caught for all these years, two years, and for him to freely walk up out of there and have a freedom of joyness, just like, ‘I escaped my punishment.’ You know, it’s like a slap in our face all over again.” 

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