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Deputies, US Marshals looking for escaped Weber Co. inmate

Kaleb Wiewandt changed his appearance to resemble another inmate, Weber Co. officials say
Matthew Belnap
Posted at 7:11 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 09:28:23-05

OGDEN, Utah — Deputies with the Weber County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Service are looking for an inmate who escaped from the Weber County Jail Tuesday night.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Kaleb Wiewandt was able to escape by posing as Matthew Belnap, another inmate.

Wiewandt shaved his head to look like Belnap and he was in possession of Belnap's jail ID card, the news release said, and he also provided jail staff with Belnap's full name, date of birth and Social Security number from memory.

"[Wiewandt] is from the Orange County area of California and is most likely headed to that area. We understand that news of an escape can cause alarm and fear in the community. We want the community to know that we have called out Deputies and are working with the [US Marshals Service] to investigate this incident and to locate [Wiewandt]," the news release said.

Wiewandt was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, with blue eyes and a shaved head and face. He was last seen wearing black pants, a gray long-sleeved shirt, and a black shirt worn over the gray shirt. He was also in possession of a gray hoodie.

Anyone with information that may aid the Weber County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Service is urged to contact their local police department.

FOX 13 has reached to the Weber County Sheriff's Office for clarification on why Belnap would have been released. Watch FOX 13 for updates.