Inmate Allegedly Assumed Fake ID at Arraignment to Escape Court Hearing
Posted Feb 10, 2010 12:06 PM CST
By Martha Neil
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"