MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man who escaped from Hennepin County Public Jail custody Wednesday morning has been found.

The suspect, 57-year-old Michael Simon, broke a 7th floor window of the Hennepin County Public Safety facility at around 7 a.m. Wednesday. He then climbed out of the window to make his escape. Sources say that at one point, Simon was seen walking across a downtown skyway to get away.

Around 10 a.m., Simon was located and taken into custody after a traffic stop in Little Canada.

Michael Simon (credit: Hennepin County Jail)

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Simon was booked into the Adult Detention Center on Sept. 25, 2018 for financial transaction card fraud and a MN Department of Corrections hold for burglary.

Simon, who has a lengthy criminal history, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony burglary on October 29 and is scheduled to be sentenced for those crimes on December 19. In those crimes, he was accused of using a stolen credit card to buy gas.

The Hennepin County Public Jail is located on 401 S 4th Ave in downtown Minneapolis.

This is a developing situation, so check back with the latest information.


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