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Authorities Capture Convicted Rapist Released from Prison by Mistake

DCC officials say 50-year-old Tony Perry has been taken into custody.
(Aug. 16 2:30 p.m.) Update:

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Tony Perry, a registered sex offender who was accidentally released from jail on Aug, 7, was taken into custody around 8:15 on Thursday night by special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and U.S. Marshals.

 The arrest occurred at the 1200 block of Franks Street in North Little Rock.

No one living at the address is suspected of aiding Perry, however, throughout the week, police have arrested five individuals suspected of aiding Perry with information or transportation while he evaded arrest.
 
Those arrested were: Argie Jackson, 47, charged with hindering apprehension, Wendell Meeks, 46, hindering apprehension, Keith Thomas, 30, parole violation, Jonathan Smith, 28, outstanding warrant for hot checks and Jamikka Perry, 30, also wanted on hot check warrants.


(Aug. 15, 8:51 pm) Update:

According to the Department of Community Correction, 50-year-old Tony Perry has been taken into custody.

Few details are currently being released, but we will have more information as it becomes available.

Original Story:
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Law enforcement agencies from the state, federal and local levels still searching for a registered sex offender are now asking for the public's help.

Tony Perry, 50, is a black male who stands about 5'9'' and weighs around 175 pounds.  He was accidentally released from jail on Aug. 7 while his probation officer was on leave and has not been seen since.

Perry was on parole for a theft charge when he was booked on July 30 on accusations that he had raped a 14-year-old girl.

Police say he has used the aliases Michael Smith and Anthony Boyd in the past and cautions if anyone makes contact with him to not try to detain him.

Anyone with information should contact the U.S. Marshall's Service at 501-324-6256.

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