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‘Armed and dangerous’ Anderson County man mistakenly turned loose

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Landmark News Service
A manhunt was under way Tuesday afternoon for an Anderson County man who considered by federal marshals to be armed and dangerous but mistakenly let out 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, said Tony Aldridge, a captain at the Shelby County Detention Center.
Aldridge said that Bell had also incurred federal charges by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
Bell was transferred Friday to Fayette County because he had incurred a warrant 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 had also been under a federal holder and that marshals considered him to be armed and dangerous, the release said.
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 due to a miscommunication in the transfer documents.
Marshals had not returned phone calls inquiring into the nature of Bell’s federal charges.
Bell is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes, weighing 205 pounds and 5 feet, 10 inches tall. 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.