Suspect Escapes Custody In Beltrami County

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 21-year-old man from Redby who escaped police custody on Tuesday.

The man, Jason Lee King, was being transported from the Beltrami County Jail to a medical appointment at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Police said he escaped custody on foot and was heading east and north of the hospital. King was being held on armed robbery charges in connection with a robbery at a Newby’s store last December.

Officers were able to track King to a stolen vehicle that was spotted on Highway 89 north of Bemidji. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away and a chase ensued through Red Lake and Redby and speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

Police said the suspect vehicle frequently drove into oncoming traffic, forcing cars off the road. The vehicle continued through Redby, where it crashed before a foot chase ensued into a wooded area.

Officers from Kootchiching County, Clearwater County, the Minnesota State Patrol, the FBI and the U.S. Border Patrol were called into assist. Authorities are still searching for King at this time.

Anyone with information on where King might be is asked to call the Red Lake Police Department at (218) 679-3313 or the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 333-9111.


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