Captured: Fugitive rapist back in custody after mistaken release

(WXIA) The search for a convicted rapist released by mistake is over.

On Monday, the Georgia Department of Corrections confirmed that it had released Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez from the Rogers State Prison in Reidsville in error on Friday, October 25.

After spending nearly a week on the run, authorities confirmed he was captured Wednesday in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, roughly 530 miles from Atlanta.

Munoz-Mendez was convicted and charged with two counts of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County for crimes he committed in 2010 and 2012.

According to the prosecutor who helped put him behind bars, Munoz-Mendez had been living with his victim and her family because he was her mother’s live-in boyfriend. When the girl was about 10, Munoz-Mendez began to molest her, and then he raped her repeatedly.

It’s not clear, yet, exactly how or why he was released from prison. The Department of Corrections, meanwhile, says that it is reviewing the circumstances of what happened.

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