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Sheriff’s Office seeks inmate who was accidentally released

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an inmate that escaped from the county jail at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Chad Alan Engel, 33, was booked into the facility on July 2 on traffic charges and a McPherson County warrant for a drug-related conviction.

After being released on the traffic charges, Engel was waiting in the booking area to be transferred to McPherson County sheriff’s deputies. He was dressed in street clothes, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. When a detention corporal saw the man in street clothes, he assumed Engel was being released and escorted him out of the building, according to the statement.

Jail staff realized the error and called law enforcement. Several local agencies looked for Engel but the search proved fruitless.

Lt. David Mattingly said in the statement Engel will face additional charges from Sedgwick County in addition to his active McPherson County warrant.

According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Engel is listed as 6-foot tall, weighing about 180 pounds. His eyes are blue and his hair is listed as “blond or strawberry.”

If anyone has seen Engel, call Sheriff Warrants at 316-660-3960 or 911.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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