Mistaken identity lands Winchester woman on Lexington most wanted poster

No one wants to end up on a most wanted poster, but a Winchester woman recently found herself on one through no fault of her own.

Latisha Allen Fulz found her photo on a most-wanted poster from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, after a warrant was listed for someone else with her maiden name, she said.

“My sister-in-law came over and told my husband,” she said. “He freaked out and came up and woke me up.”

The photo was of her but was about a decade old, she said. The personal information, though, was completely different.

“I don’t know how my face wound up on a wanted poster,” she said.

Fulz said she called the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and they admitted the mistake.

“He called back and said, ‘You’re right. I’m sorry,’” she said.

She said Sheriff Kathy Witt also called Fulz’s employer and explained the situation.

Fulz, though, is looking for more. She said she is afraid of long-term ramifications of the mistake, including other people calling the police because they think she is a wanted person.

“Everyone’s telling me I could have been the next Breonna Taylor,” Fulz said, referring to a Louisville woman who was shot and killed by police earlier this year when they executed a no-knock warrant.

“I won’t say it’s ruined my reputation, but it’s my reputation. Just because you took (the poster) down doesn’t mean it’s left their mind,” she said.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement last week about the situation.

“The Office of Sheriff regrets that an employee mistakenly used an incorrect photo for another individual with the same name. As soon as Ms. Allen notified this office, the post was removed. The employee apologized to Ms. Allen. With Ms. Allen’s permission and at her request, Sheriff Witt called Ms. Allen’s employer to acknowledge the mistake. Ms. Allen’s employer acknowledged that Ms. Allen has remained and continues to be in good standing with her employment.”

Fulz is still seeing red over the incident.

“It’s my face on a poster,” she said. “I got a DUI 10 years ago in Fayette County. That’s my mug shot. I’ve not been an Allen for six years. Something’s got to be done.”

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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