Fugitive arrested in Little Canada

Michael Frank Simon

A man who escaped from the Hennepin County Jail was arrested in Little Canada that same day.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Nov. 28 release that Michael Frank Simon, 57, had escaped from the downtown Minneapolis jail that morning around 7 a.m.

Simon, who according to court records is from Hopkins, was booked at the jail on Sept. 25 for financial transaction card fraud and on a Minnesota Department of Corrections hold for burglary, the sheriff’s office said.

The release said the sheriff’s office had notified local law enforcement and began a coordinated search, though it did not say that Simon posed a threat to the public.

A follow-up press release, sent 90 minutes after the first, said that with help from the U.S. Marshal Service Simon had been arrested around 10 a.m. in Little Canada. 

Due to its ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s office was short on details about where Simon was found in the suburb, though according to a spokesperson, he was arrested following “a targeted traffic stop in an area of interest within Little Canada.” 

Simon has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 1979, according to court records. It includes more than a dozen burglary convictions among others for assault and drug possession.

The maximum penalty for escaping from custody is five years, a $10,000 fine, or both.


—Mike Munzenrider

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