Mistakenly Released Inmate From Gaston County Located

The Latest (Updated 3/11/2020):

According the Gaston County Police Department, Kyle Auten, who was mistakenly released from Gaston County Jail in February, has been located.


The Gaston County Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit with the assistance of the NC DPS  conducted an investigation to find Auten on March 10.

He was then found at 109 Fitch Road in Blacksburg, S.C. early Wednesday morning and taken into custody by Cherokee County deputies.

Auten will be held at Cherokee County Detention Facility awaiting extradition back to the State of North Carolina.

The Latest(Updated 2/20/2020):

Sheriff Alan Cloninger has confirmed that Kyle Auten was mistakenly released on Wednesday, February 19th, following his arrest on Monday, February 17th.

Cloninger says another inmate that was with Auten has been caught and the Gaston County jail supervisor is investigating their release.

Authorities are actively seeking Auten and anyone who sees him should call the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.

Original Story:

GASTONIA, N.C. — The Gastonia Police Department says a man arrested on outstanding warrants, related to a drug investigation, now faces additional charges after being found in possession of a large quantity of drugs, two guns, and a stolen car during his arrest.

According to police, on February 17th, 35-year-old Kyle Auten was arrested on outstanding warrants stemming from a probation violation.  During the arrest, authorities located nearly 253 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a stolen car, a pistol, and an AR-15 rifle.

Auten was charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sell and Deliver Heroin, two counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and a Felony Probation Violation along with several other misdemeanor drug offenses. He was held at the Gaston County Jail on a $250,000 secured bond and a Probation hold.