The inmate who walked away Sunday from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw has been found and arrested.
Jesse James Crabtree, 48, of Hibbing, left the facility around 2:30 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Deputies, St. Louis County Rescue Squad members and Hermantown police officers responded to the call.
Authorities warned residents in the area, and used a drone and a K-9 unit to try and find Crabtree. "It is believed that Crabtree had contacted someone to pick him up, prior to fleeing from NERCC," the Sheriff's Office said.
Later Sunday night, a person who lives in Industrial Township called the authorities to report Crabtree as a suspicious person on their property. The Sheriff’s Office responded with a K-9 unit and a drone and tracked down Crabtree in a swamp around 10:15 p.m. He was arrested and taken to the St. Louis County Jail on an escape from custody charge.
The Northeast Regional Corrections Center is a 144 bed minimum / medium security correctional facility, with the vast majority of inmates under minimum security. NERCC is a working correctional farm. Programs and services include education, vocational training, chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, individual counseling and sex offender treatment.
This story was updated at 7:45 a.m., May 17, 2021, with additional information from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. It was originally posted at 7:20 p.m., May 16, 2021.