Michael Simon

MINNEAPOLIS — A serial burglar from Hopkins escaped the Hennepin County jail in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday, Nov. 28, but was apprehended three hours later. Michael Frank Simon, who according to court records is from Hopkins, escaped from jail at 7 a.m. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said it immediately informed law enforcement and began a search. The agency also asked for the public’s help in locating the escapee.Simon, 57, was apprehended in Little Canada around 10 a.m. with the help of the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal Service and “several” local law enforcement agencies, a news release said.Twin Cities media outlets report Simon escaped in his orange jail jumpsuit and was seen on surveillance video running down the street. Sources told KSTP he broke a window and climbed to the skyway in order to escape. This was the first escape from the jail in its history, reports note. Simon was booked into jail on Sept. 25 for financial transaction card fraud and has a Minnesota Department of Corrections hold for burglary, the Sheriff’s Office said. Court records show he was convicted of burglary in 2015.

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