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Inmate Allegedly Assumed Fake ID at Arraignment to Escape Court Hearing

Posted Feb 10, 2010 1:06 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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For at least the second time in a little over four months, an inmate has escaped from a New York criminal court by assuming someone else's identity.

Despite new security measures reportedly adopted when another inmate exited Manhattan criminal court last year after being mistaken for a lawyer, Michael Bautista, 22, was released from the Bronx Criminal Court yesterday after he allegedly posed at an arraignment as another inmate being held on a suspended license charge, according to the New York Post.

In fact, Bautista is accused of beating his girlfriend and assaulting a police officer.

Related earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "‘Lawyer’ Who Fled Court is Recaptured; Now Real Attorneys Must Show ID"

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