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Police rearrest sex assault suspect mistakenly set free

A sexual assault suspect who somehow escaped custody following a court appearance in Ottawa last week has been taken back into custody, police say.

Canada-wide warrant had been issued for 22-year-old Brendon Spurrell

A Canada-wide search warrant had been issued for Brendon Spurrell after the 22-year-old was mistakenly set free from Ottawa's courthouse last week. He was arrested again Friday, police said. (Ottawa Police Service)

A sexual assault suspect who somehow escaped custody following a court appearance in Ottawa last week has been rearrested, police say.

Brendon Spurrell, 22, was being detained at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on charges including assault and sexual assault.

He was mistakenly released Jan. 10 after a court appearance.

In a tweet, the Ottawa Police Service said Spurrell had been taken back into custody Friday night.

After his inadvertent release, a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Attorney General said the ministry was working closely with its justice-sector partners to investigate what happened.

A Canada-wide search warrant was issued for Spurrell, although Ottawa police believed he was still in the city.

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