Convicted rapist and child molester accidentally set free from Georgia prison, police launch manhunt

He was accidentally let go on October 25 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Georgia Department of Corrections spokesperson Lori Benoit said in an official statement. 


                            Convicted rapist and child molester accidentally set free from Georgia prison, police launch manhunt

Authorities are seeking a man named Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, aged 31 who is on the run after being let out of a Rogers State Prison in Reidsville "on error".

Munoz-Mendez has been convicted of a rape charge from 2012 and was awaiting trial on a child molestation case from 2010. He was accidentally let go on October 25 at approximately 11:30am, Georgia Department of Corrections spokesperson Lori Benoit said in an official statement. 

"All resources are being utilized to ensure the rapid apprehension of Munoz-Mendez, including the Georgia Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit and US Marshals.  The public is reminded to call 911, and do not approach," the statement said. 

Both crimes occurred in Gwinnett County, records say. He was serving three life in prison sentences since April 2015. According to a letter he wrote to a judge proclaiming his innocence, he said that he wanted to see his children again. AJC reported, “I have no family here in the United States to help me out and I have to rely on myself on everything, and it’s hard,” a portion of the letter said, “I know I’m innocent.” 

According to the BOLO, he is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. There is no information released about the events that led to his release, so far. "Updates will be provided as they become available," the statement said.  

The authorities have said that if anyone spots Munoz-Mendes, they shouldn't approach him but call 478-992-5111. You can also reach the Georgia Department of Corrections via email at by email at [email protected] 

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