November 28, 2018 06:33 PM
Authorities searching for a man who escaped from the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center Wednesday found him in Little Canada.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said 57-year-old Michael Frank Simon was charged and subsequently booked into the center on September 25 for felony-level financial transaction card fraud and burglary.
Simon was also previously sentenced in 2015 for felony-level burglary.
The sheriff's office reported Simon escaped from the center at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. A source told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he broke a window and climbed to the skyway to escape.
He was then located in Little Canada at about 10 a.m. during a "targeted traffic stop," according to the sheriff's office.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshal Service and local law enforcement agencies assisted in Simon's capture.
A spokesman for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said this was the first escape from the facility in its history.
Unconfirmed 57 year old escaped custody in the Gateway ramp (on the corner of 4th Ave and 4 St in downtown Mpls) prior to 7 am this morning. pic.twitter.com/VtX7CTosm0— Chris Knoll (@5Aftermidnite) November 28, 2018
Simon is now being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights.
He was booked into jail in late September after police in Edina suspected he was behind a burglary there.
Days earlier, the Institute of Orthopedics and Chiropractic reported someone stole a credit card on a work desk.
According to the criminal complaint, investigators believe Simon was behind the theft. He is accused of using the credit card to purchase gasoline for strangers in exchange for cash.
In the same case, Simon is also accused of stealing four computers from a nearby business - the Minnesota Golf Association.
Before the Edina case, Simon has been in and out of prison, serving time for similar burglaries all across the Twin Cities.
In a phone interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Simon’s brother described him as a career criminal who should be considered dangerous because he has nothing to lose.
Rebecca Omastiak and Ryan Raiche
Updated: November 28, 2018 06:33 PM
Created: November 28, 2018 09:01 AM
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