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Grant Barker, B.C. Inmate, Accidentally Released From Jail

09/08/2015 05:14 EDT | Updated 09/10/2015 02:59 EDT
Saanich Police

UPDATE - Sept. 10, 2015: Grant Barker has been arrested after turning himself in to the B.C. Sheriff's Office in Victoria, police said in a media release. He remains in custody.

SAANICH, B.C. — A warrant has been issued for a 30-year-old inmate from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre after he was accidentally released from custody.

Grant Barker was set free Sunday, although details of how he was able to leave the Saanich-area jail are not being provided and a police investigation is underway.

A warrant has now been issued for Barker and he faces charges of escaping lawful custody and identity fraud.

Saanich Police say he does not pose an imminent safety risk, but they say anyone spotting him should not approach the man and should call 911.

Barker is described as First Nations, 30 years old, approximately 5'6", 180 pounds with black hair and some facial hair.

Officers believe he is still in the greater Victoria area.

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