Murder suspect accidentally released from jail in Indiana arrested in South St. Paul
Kevin Mason, a murder suspect who was accidentally released from jail in Marion County, Indiana, has been apprehended in South St. Paul, according to U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities say Mason was arrested when a group of federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 900 block of Summit Avenue at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“The mission of the U.S. Marshals Service is to enforce federal laws and provide support to virtually all elements of federal justice system through multiple disciplines,” said Eddie M. Frizell, U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota. “The U.S. Marshals have a long history of providing assistance and expertise to other law enforcement agencies in support of fugitive investigations. I want to extend my thanks to everyone involved in assisting with the arrest. The brave men and women of the USMS District of Minnesota worked diligently and courageously to bring this wanted dangerous fugitive to justice!”
Frizell added that Mason was arrested without incident.
“We were waiting on this individual to show himself, and when he did, we had the right intelligence and resources to be able to apprehend him, with no issue,” he said.
A witness recounted the arrest to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
“A white van with like the SWAT team kind of pulled up and then they blocked off the road. They had the armored car pulled up. They went to the back and started announcing to see if he was home,” they said. “Saw them bring him outside. I couldn’t really see who it was, but they had a squad car by the door, they just kind of walked him in and left.”
“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and congratulations to the USMS for concluding this manhunt and safely bringing Mason back into custody,” said Marion County Sheriff Kerry J. Forestal. “Our federal partners have kept us informed throughout the entire process. We are truly thankful for their assistance and wide resources — most specifically, their task force partnerships with local law enforcement agencies that have allowed them to pursue Kevin Mason throughout the country.”
There are no charges for Kevin Mason in Indianapolis, Indiana.
As previously reported, Marion County authorities mistakenly released Mason from jail on Sept. 13.
Mason faces one count of second-degree murder in connection with a shooting on June 11, 2021, outside Shiloh Temple. Mason is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Dontevius Catchings in the parking lot while a funeral was happening in the building. Witnesses told police that Mason left the state after the shooting.
“I am so happy,” Catchings’ mother, Sharita, told ABC in Indianapolis about Mason’s arrest. “Thank you, Jesus. I can breathe again.”
He was also wanted on two additional Minnesota warrants.
The Marrion County Sheriff’s Office said that Minnesota authorities waived extradition on one of the warrants and the two others were closed in error as duplicates, which could have contributed to the Indianapolis release.
Mason is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in Hennepin County.
ABC News contributed to this report.