April 21, 2007

Just The Fax, Ma'am

Kentucky officials released a violent man, who had beaten an elderly man, from a psychiatric facility after receiving a faxed order from the state supreme court demanding his release. Afterwards, the facility expressed surprise that the court had started convening in a local grocery store:

Officials released a prisoner from a state facility after receiving a phony fax that ordered the man be freed, and didn't catch the mistake for nearly two weeks.

Timothy Rouse, 19, is charged with beating an elderly western Kentucky man and was at the Kentucky Correctional & Psychiatric Center in La Grange for a mental evaluation. He was released from that facility on April 6 after officials received the fake court order.

It contained grammatical errors, was not typed on letterhead and was faxed from a local grocery store. The fax falsely claimed that the Kentucky Supreme Court "demanded" Rouse be released.

Lexington police arrested Rouse at his mother's home Thursday evening.

The holding facility released the man based on a fax that had no letterhead, but purported to be from the Kentucky Supreme Court. No one thought it odd that their highest court would have forgotten to order letterhead from the state printing office, apparently. They didn't notice that the fax came from the local grocery store because they aren't required to check the originating source for fax messages. And the spelling and grammatical errors didn't alert them that the orders were counterfeit because, as the facility director told the press, spelling and grammar mistakes are common on Kentucky court orders.

At least the facility director figured out the mistake ... two weeks later. The police recaptured Rouse at his mother's home, which makes him even more incompetent than the La Grange crew that let him go. Rouse had an entire nation in which to hide -- and he chose his mother's house. Brilliant!

I bet that Kentuckians are cringing in embarrassment tonight. The facility staff should be updating their resumes tonight as well. I hear that grocery store faxes are quite convenient in Kentucky.


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Comments (8)

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 11:12 PM

A buracracy full of idiots.

(Still doesn't make AG Gonzales look good.)

And, all this story adds to the mix is that there are a lot of incompetent managers going around; without reading and writing skills. (Just like Chris Muir's "letter" from Obama to Hillary.) Yup. "Donurz covered."

What evenutally happened?

The psychiatric hospital released the guy to the grocery store. Even though as a general rule the psychiatric staffs KNOW WHAT POLICE OFFERS LOOK LIKE! And, know not just legal "letterheads," but what also needs to accompany this stuff. Docket Numbers INCLUDED!

I'm not even going to call this "clever."

Even though it worked.

And, even though the trail, two weeks later, is cold.

Shows ya, too, that lots of criminally insane folk are also "clever." They can pass the SAT tests with decent scores. And, they can bully teachers into giving them better grades.

About the only way to "catch" this dude, now? Is for NBC to "request" he send them a tape. To run at an advantageous news hour.

By the way, getting out of prison, prior to release, has some scams that get repeated often enough. Fake papers? Like counterfeit money. Been done, before.

Have you noticed? Getting away with stuff sounds easy?

You think the nut, now, has a new identity? And, a friendly bank has even tossed in a credit card?

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 21, 2007 11:28 PM

Well? Hit the post button too soon.

Dawned on me, since they picked Rouse up at his mom's house; she must have called the institution to complain.

Or perhaps the police?

Maybe, there's a movie, here, someplace? If the people in charge could be portrayed accurately enough.

Rouse could NOT have sent the fax! Well, that's obvious. So somebody on the OUTSIDE did him this "favor."

You think someone stopped a kid on the street; asking if they'd take this to the grocery store, to send the fax?

Probably costs a dime a page. It's not as if anyone's got signatures on record for this "deal."

But still. Kid went home to mom.

Whose most likely to be the one to know Rouse wasn't at the facility, and was, in fact, "missing?"

Did he have to be brought elsewhere? Did "papers show up" for a court date, perhaps?

You just don't exit this scene without a story.

Maybe, this could be a new game of Clue. So, Mr. Mustard, in the basement, with a pencil.

What surprised Rouse more? That he got a pass out of the hospital? Did he show up at his mother's house "surprised?"

Posted by RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 12:32 AM

It reminds me of this radio interview that I heard with the computer hacker, Kevin Mitnick, long time ago. Mitnick would call around inside a big company, to get a few employee names, and the extension number of some clerical worker in the company's computer department. Then he'd call, and say Bob Smith, the system manager, just hired him to work there, and he needs a copy of the computer security manual sent to him, James Johnson, right away. Send it care of [Kevin Mitnick's address.] Spare no expense.

Worked almost every time.

Posted by BarCodeKing [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 1:30 AM

Well, at least Kentucky can also claim Venus Ramey, Miss America 1944, who at age 82 apprehended a thief at gunpoint on her farm last week. She shot out the guy's tires, and had a passerby on the road summon the authorities. Maybe that offsets some of the stupidity in this story...

Posted by Adjoran [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 4:28 AM

All props to Miz Ramey, but her heroism doesn't counteract the stupidity of the corrections officials.

But "update their resumes" assumes someone will be fired as a result of this. Maybe, but I'd wager no one gets the axe. Probably reprimands all around and perhaps a suspension without pay to the prime offender, once determined, but I don't see anyone losing their job over it.

If Rouse had committed more violent crimes while out, then heads would roll. He didn't - that we know of, anyway - so the corrections department heads can stay snugly tucked away up corrections department buttocks as usual.

Posted by Rod [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 6:27 AM

I hope both the ood and the captain of this ship are fired; and it should happen Monday. Just plain dumb!

Posted by NahnCee [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 12:22 PM

You got to give the facility director props for admitting the mistake and going after the perp, even if it was 2 weeks later. If he wanted to save his job and his reputation, he'd just have shut up about it, and no one would ever have known, until the kid went postal and hacked his mother's head off.

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 22, 2007 3:03 PM

You think this is the only time something stupid's happened?

You don't think there are folks out there who "flash" phony badges? And, they play "robbers" instead of "cops?"

The name for fake paper is COUNTERFEIT. And, you could look it up. Because it's not a new word. It refers to something as old as the hills.

Who sent the fake fax?

Because ya got choices.

Somebody on staff at the institution, who didn't want to work with Rouse. And, found a quick way for him to get an exit?

You think Rouse, himself, had this kind of influence on others? Does the lunatic have a girl friend? If so, why did he run home to momma?

And, why do I think, after two weeks, momma, herself, threw in the towel.

Maybe, she thought of the fax all by herself? Was she out shopping? And, just didn't want to go back home, because her son was unpleasant business to have around? But then, after two weeks of his "company" ... she re-thought her scam. And, called the police?

Did court papers arrive?

Did the staff try to show the court personnel, who showed up on the locked ward, to "collect" this idea for the courthouse ... And, they got told about the "Supreme Court order?

Then? Asked to see the paperwork, what do you think the court-personnel would have done?

Sounds almost like ya got the makings of a good comedy, here. Story sells far beyond Kentucky!

But now may not be the right time to approach a studio head, to ask for a lunch meeting, huh?