Inmate Released From Jail After Impersonating Another Inmate

Feb 26, 2020, 9:17 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2022, 3:07 pm
(KSL TV)...

OGDEN, Utah – An inmate at the Weber County Jail disguised himself as a fellow inmate and managed to escape. Officials said they don’t believe the escapee was dangerous, but they’re asking for help to find him.

The escapee was identified as Kaleb Wiewandt from California.

Deputies said Wiewandt was able to break free by assuming the identity of a fellow jail inmate who was scheduled to be released.

“This is extremely rare,” said Lt. Joshua Marigoni of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they believed Wiewandt had help in pulling off the escape.

“We do believe that other inmates were involved,” said Marigoni. “We do have a release procedure. He was able to successfully pass our release procedure.”

Marigoni said Wiewandt checked in with a full head of hair, but shaved it to look more like Matthew Belnap, whose sentence for retail theft was just about up.

“Mr. Wiewandt was able to get Mr. Belnap’s identification, as well as his personal information, to pass our two-step process that’s our policy for release,” said Marigoni.

Officials said it was unclear why Belnap would willingly give Wiewandt information like his birthdate and social security number.

That information was enough for Wiewandt to casually walk out the front door of the jail and head east down 12th Street.

“We’re asking that any business owners or any community members in that area that may have video footage could contact us, contact our investigative team,” said Marigoni.

Weiwandt was being held for US Marshals on charges of identity theft. He was sentenced in 2015 to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.1 million for an elaborate plan to steal several million postage stamps, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

It wasn’t the first escape for Wiewandt. In 2018, court records show he walked away from a halfway house in Salt Lake City. He was on the run for a year before he was captured again in California and returned to Utah.

According to Belnap’s arresting documents, he told Wiewandt that he was set to be released after having that confirmed in court earlier in the day.

Deputies said the two lived in the same area in the jail, and were then able to trade places ahead of the release.

Belnap will no longer be leaving the jail. He was instead being held on suspicion of obstruction of justice.

An arrest affidavit said jail staff found emails Wiewandt sent a woman, saying he’d be out of jail soon, and would need a ride.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Man accused of exposing himself at Utah store...
Shara Park

Man accused of exposing himself to underage girls at Utah store

The owner of Rad Swim in Highland is warning Utah families after she says a man exposed himself to her associate and several young girls in her store Monday evening.
1 day ago
FILE (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNITAS)...
Madison Swenson

Two Utah county men, business charged with $11M COVID tax fraud scheme

Two Utah County men, as well as an accounting business in Provo, have been charged with a COVID-related tax fraud scheme totaling more than $11 million.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO - (Deseret News)...
Madison Swenson

One in custody, one outstanding after St. George home burglary

Four schools in St. George were placed under lockout protocol Friday while police searched for two burglary suspects in the nearby area.
1 day ago
(Scott Winterton/Deseret News)...
Emily Ashcraft

Utah man ordered to stand trial in killing of University of Utah football player

Buk Mawut Buk was ordered Friday to stand trial for aggravated murder in the shooting death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe at a postgame house party in 2021.
1 day ago
Samantha Hansen poses for a portrait at her home in Herriman, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Hansen, a ...

Utah sisters disagree passionately about new abortion bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep Kera Birkeland, a Republican representing Morgan, has introduced HB-297 that she claims addresses the issues of abortion access and services for rape victims in Utah the Deseret News reported Friday. Read the full story here. Her sister, Samantha Hansen, is a rape survivor. She says she will fight the bill […]
1 day ago
emergency lights...
Madison Swenson and Larry D. Curtis,

Missing Arizona girl found in basement of convicted Utah sex offender on parole

A missing girl from Arizona has been found in the basement of a Utah man's home. The man, who is listed on the state's sex offender registry and was on probation, has been arrested.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Inmate Released From Jail After Impersonating Another Inmate