Inmate mistakenly released without GPS monitor is rearrested, BCSO says

Jail administrator Ruben Vela suspended

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar suspended the interim jail administrator Saturday after an inmate was mistakenly released without GPS monitoring.

Terrik Andres McCoy, 26, was released Saturday after satisfying the conditions of his state charge, but he was supposed to be released on GPS monitoring. The Sheriff's Office said processes and conditions of McCoy's release were incomplete and, due to staff error, he was released without a GPS monitor.

Authorities took McCoy back into custody Sunday on a warrant for a parole violation, authorities said. Officials had attempted to get in contact with McCoy after his release but were unsuccessful. Authorities launched a search for McCoy on Sunday and located him in the 100 block of Dorie Street.

McCoy was initially in custody on a charge of evading arrest from November 2018.

Deputy Chief Ruben Vela, who was serving as the interim jail administrator when McCoy was released, was suspended. Vela's suspension comes after an inmate being held on an ICE detainer was mistakenly released in January and after another inmate was released due to a clerical error in December 2018.

Salazar appointed Capt. Avery Walker acting jail administrator, according to a news release.

The Sheriff's Office noted Walker's 30 years of experience with the agency at all ranks. 

Salazar is currently reviewing more than 60 applications to permanantly take the position of jail administrator.

Vela temporarily took over for retired Deputy Chief Laura Balditt in April 2018 as the sheriff conducted a nationwide search for her replacement. Vela took over the post following the escape of three capital murder suspects and two attempted escapes by inmates.

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