Inmate at large after Minneapolis prison break

Cheryl Sanders
May 27, 2017

Five of the inmates were apprehended Friday morning in the Mounds View area, and police arrested three others in North Minneapolis.

The offenders were being transferred in a transportation vehicle and made a stop at MCF-Lino Lakes where the offender gained control of the vehicle. Five prisoners are at large, according to the Public Safety department. Before his capture, state patrol helicopters and K-9 units helped search for him, and north Minneapolis residents were asked to stay inside and lock their doors and windows.


The public is warned to not approach the van, and notify law enforcement of its location by calling 911.

Lino Lakes is a minimum-medium security prison in Anoka County with a population of 1,300 men, according to its website. The lone escapee still at large is James Douglas Mitchell, 26, who is said to be wearing a blue button-up shirt, blue jeans, and a white T-shirt when last seen.


Authorities say previous reports of 10 total inmates have been updated as more information became available.


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