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B.C. inmate accidentally released in case of mistaken identity

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Published on September 11, 2015 with No Comments

Police in Saanich, B.C. area are searching for an inmate who was mistakenly released from jail over the long weekend.

Grant Christopher Barker, 30, was inadvertently released from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Saanich on Sunday morning, police said.

“There was in fact someone that was due to be released, and in fact, Mr. Barker was released,” Sgt. Steve Eassie told media.

Barker was awaiting trial on charges including breaking and entering. Now, he’s wanted by police and is accused of identity theft and escaping custody.

The police and the province are investigating how Barker was released, and are not releasing any further details at this time. BC Corrections says that out of 16,000 prisoner releases in 2014, four were “inadvertent.”

Barker is described by police as aboriginal with black hair and some facial hair. He stands about five-feet-six inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and black and white running shoes.

Anyone who sees him should avoid approaching him, and instead call police immediately.

Anyone with any information about Barker’s whereabouts can call Saanich Police at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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