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Pasco fugitive found after mistaken release from jail

PALM HARBOR — A Pasco man mistakenly released last week by the Department of Corrections was found Tuesday afternoon trespassing at the Red Roof Inn on U.S. 19.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Roy David Kinard, 45, gave Pinellas deputies a fake name, threatened them with a pair of scissors and kicked a deputy in the chest. Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Kinard is being taken to a hospital to be medically cleared before being booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

Kinard was taken last Wednesday to DOC's Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando, where officials determined he had served his full sentence for violating his probation. They released him, even though he had warrants out for his arrest in Pasco. Kinard got on a bus headed for Tampa.

The DOC realized the mistake Thursday morning and contacted Pasco authorities, who issued an alert to law enforcement and asked for the public's help in locating Kinard. People were warned to not try to approach him.

Kinard has a history of violence against his former wife and law enforcement. His pending charges in Pasco included aggravated battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment stemming from an incident last May in which authorities said he showed up at his ex-wife's home on Zimmerman Road in Port Richey with a gun.

Melanie Malone was at home with her son's girlfriend and the girlfriend's 2-year-old child. The Sheriff's Office said Kinard came in threatening all of them, unplugged the phone and wouldn't let anyone leave.

Officials said he struggled with Malone, who stabbed him in the chest, and he pistol-whipped her. After holding the women captive for seven hours, authorities said, Kinard let them leave.

A week later — it's unclear what happened in the intervening time — Malone told deputies what happened and gave them permission to enter her house.

Kinard held off SWAT team members for five hours, until they fired tear gas inside and arrested him.

It wasn't the first time he was accused of harming Malone, records show. In 2005, she obtained a domestic violence injunction against him. He violated it a week later, kidnapping her and firing five shots at Tarpon Springs police officers during a pursuit.

He went to prison but reconciled with Malone after his release in 2008. Their reunion didn't last long, and he left a month later after she accused him of stealing money from her and using drugs, according to reports.

Then he showed up again last May with a gun, authorities said. Those new charges violated his probation for the 2005 case, and he was sentenced to more time behind bars.

He spent most or all of the time since in the Pinellas County Jail and then he was taken to the DOC center in Orlando, where officials failed to notice the detainer on his record, indicating Pasco authorities wanted him in their custody.

DOC officials have said they are looking into how the error happened.

Pasco fugitive found after mistaken release from jail 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:28pm]

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