An investigation is underway at the Department of Corrections after a detainee was mistakenly released from custody.

Prison records show Rodney Joe Cruz, 42, was erroneously released from prison Monday around 11:03 p.m.

Details of what went wrong have not been disclosed.

Cruz was brought back to prison by marshals on Tuesday around 10:40 a.m.

DOC Director Samantha Brennan told The Guam Daily Post the incident remains under investigation. She declined further comment.

Cruz has been held in DOC custody since February, prison records state.

He was court committed for a 2016 terrorizing case and a 2017 family violence and child abuse case.

A court commitment is a judge’s order sending someone to jail or prison, upon conviction or before trial, or directing that a mentally unstable person be confined to a mental institution. Technically, the judge orders law enforcement personnel to take the prisoner or patient to such places.

According to court documents in the family violence and child abuse case, the victim, 15 years old at the time, alleged that in April 2017 Cruz got upset and wrapped both hands around her neck and started choking and shaking her. He was also accused of striking the victim repeatedly with a closed fist. Documents state Cruz was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Criminal history

May 2001: terrorizing and family violence

August 2001: public drunkenness, prowling and disorderly conduct

April 2003: drinking in a motor vehicle, open container, improper storage and no driver’s license

September 2006: family violence and criminal mischief

October 2008: family violence, assault and terrorizing

March 2009: guilt established by complicity

December 2010: outstanding warrant for 2009 case

May 2011: warrant for 2006 case

November 2012: court committed for 2006 case

September 2014: warrant for 2006 case

August 2016: terrorizing, use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, unregistered firearm, possession of a firearm without an ID, family violence

April 2017: family violence and child abuse

October 2016: warrant for 2016 case

February 2019: court committed for 2016 and 2017 cases