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Man held in Shelby turned loose in Fayette

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Anderson man considered to be armed and dangerous

By Lisa King

Police are looking for a man who federal marshals consider to be armed and dangerous after he was mistakenly was released from the Fayette County Detention Center.

Rodney Dewayne Bell, 28, had been jailed for a short time at the Shelby County Detention Center, after being arrested in Anderson County on drugs charges, because the detention center houses Anderson County inmates, said Tony Aldridge, a captain at the Shelby County Detention Center.

Aldridge said that Bell also had incurred federal charges by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, but he was transferred Friday to Fayette County because he was under warrant there for contempt of court for not paying a fine.

According to a press release from the Fayette County Detention Center, the bond for the Fayette County warrant was $1,000, and Bell paid it and was released. On Monday, Fayette jail officials discovered Bell also had been under a federal holder and that marshals considered him to be armed and dangerous. The marshals have been notified, and a warrant has been issued for Bell’s arrest.

Fayette jail officials said that Bell was released in error because of a miscommunication in the transfer documents.

Marshals did not return phone calls from The Sentinel-News in an effort to learn the nature of Bell’s federal charges.

Bell is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 10 and weighing 205. His date of birth is Sept. 9, 1984.

Anyone with any knowledge of Bell’s whereabouts should contact Lexington Police at 859-259-3600 or the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 252-1771.