On Thursday, November 14, 2019, at approximately 8:43 PM, Hays County Sheriff’s Deputies and San Marcos Police officers were dispatched to the area of the Hays County Jail for an inmate who was mistakenly released.
The inmate was located at a nearby restaurant and returned to the Hays County Jail at approximately 9:37 PM. The inmate is identified as:
Shaun S Haenes
41 years of age
Upon a subsequent investigation, it was discovered that for the past several days, Haenes had conspired with another cellmate to exchange identities and then bond out of jail posing as the cellmate.
On this date, a bond had been posted for the cellmate and Haenes, under the assumed identity, was removed from his jail cell to begin his out-processing paperwork.
One of the corrections officers failed to follow proper inmate release procedures that would have exposed Haenes, therefore, allowing Haenes to leave the jail.
Haenes was charged with 4 counts of Tampering with a Government Record, a 3rd-degree felony, Fail to ID/Fugitive with Intent to give False Information, a Class A misdemeanor, and Escape while Arrested/Confined, a 3rd-degree felony.
Haenes was originally incarcerated for various charges including Fail to ID/Fugitive, Unlawful carrying of a weapon, several drug charges, and hold for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office who had outstanding warrants for a bond forfeiture/Fraud, a state jail felony.
Haenes was magistrated on Friday, November 15, 2019, by Justice of the Peace Pct 1-1 Joann Prado who issued $3,000 bonds for each of the additional felony and misdemeanor charges.
This is an ongoing investigation and further information will be released when available.
If anyone believes they have information regarding this case contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division or they may contact the Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477).
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