Police Operation Leads to Escapee Being Located
On Tuesday, 3/10/2020, the Gaston County Police Department (Special Investigations Unit) with assistance of the NC DPS (Probation/Parole Division) conducted an operation attempting to locate Kyle Williamson Auten. Auten was released from the custody of the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office along with another inmate by mistake on February 19, 2020. This extensive operation and investigation by Special Investigation Unit Detectives was successful in locating Kyle Williamson Auten. Auten was located at 109 Fitch Road during the early morning hours of 3/11/2020 and taken into custody by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office without incident. Auten had been previously arrested on outstanding warrants relating to a drug investigation by the Gaston County Police Special Investigations Unit along with other felony crimes on February 17, 2020.
Kyle Williamson Auten was initially charged by Gaston County Police Department K9 Unit 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 being held at the Gaston County Jail on a $250,000 secured bond and a Probation hold until he was mistakenly released on February 19, 2020. Kyle Williamson Auten will be held at Cherokee County Detention Facility awaiting extradition back to the State of North Carolina.