Escape attempt thwarted at Moose Lake’s MSOP facilityAuthorities apprehended four inmates of the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake as they attempted to escape the facility Saturday, June 19.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Authorities apprehended four inmates of the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake as they attempted to escape the facility Saturday, June 19.
Lloyd Anthony Hartleib, 42, Russell Lynn Norton, 42, Christopher Loyd Ivey, 39, and Steven Allan Housman, 55, were individually charged in Carlton County Court Wednesday with one felony count each of escape from custody, with maximum sentencing guidelines of five years and/or $10,000.
Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler asked that $50,000 bail be set for each man. Pertler explained since all are currently being held under a previous commitment, if any of them posts bail he will be returned to a sequestered area of the MSOP facility.
According to the complaint filed in the incident, Moose Lake Police Officer David Radzak was dispatched to the MSOP facility at approximately 6:24 p.m. Saturday after a report came in stating four inmates were attempting to escape by scaling the fences in order to get beyond the perimeter of the secure facility.
At that time, Radzak observed two males wearing black bandanas and sunglasses who were between the second fence and the final razor wire perimeter fence. When Radzak commanded them to fall to the ground and lay face down, they reportedly refused and yelled obscenities at Radzak and the MSOP staff.
Two other inmates involved in the escape attempt had not yet gotten to the second fence and were still within the courtyard area of the facility. The two were apprehended by MSOP staff, and the two individuals who were between the second and final fence were also apprehended as soon staff obtained a key to access the area.
All four individuals were then transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center.
MSOP Special Investigator Jamie Jungers determined that all four men had earlier concocted an elaborate escape scheme that involved jimmying the facility door leading from the interior of the facility out to the courtyard area in order to prohibit staff from immediately apprehending them when they ran from the interior to the courtyard.
“The success of their escape hinged more on speed than secrecy,” explained Pertler.
Furthermore, Jungers discovered the four clients had sewn pockets into their clothing that were numerous layers thick, and in the pockets were survival items including food, water, medicines, bandages, ropes and a map of Minnesota.
They had also brought with them broom handles fashioned in a manner to help get past the razor wire and a chair to aid with their escape. All items were confiscated as evidence, along with a clear video of the entire escape attempt.
Pertler indicated later on Wednesday that, according to outside sources, one of the men involved in the Moose Lake MSOP incident had reportedly been implicated in an attempted escape from the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center in April 2006.
All four of the men charged Wednesday remain in custody in the Carlton County Jail and are scheduled to make court appearances in Carlton on Monday, June 28.