Less than a day after climbing the fence at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing, two juvenile male inmates were back in custody Monday.
DOC spokesman John Shadl said a 16-year-old inmate and a 17-year-old inmate "made their way over the fence at 8:20 (Sunday) night." Their absence was discovered about 20 minutes later when the two didn't appear for headcount, and a search involving multiple law enforcement agencies began immediately.
Red Wing Police Capt. Darold Glander said they received a call from a citizen reporting suspicious people near Perkins just before noon Monday. Officers were able to apprehend the pair "without incident" shortly thereafter, Glander said.
The males were then booked into Goodhue County Jail. A press release from the DOC sent out Monday afternoon said an investigation is ongoing to determine whether the juveniles will face additional charges.
The 16-year-old is serving time at MCF-Red Wing for assault; the 17-year-old is serving time for burglary, DOC spokeswoman Sarah Russell said.
DOC officers, the Minnesota State Patrol, Red Wing Police Department and Goodhue County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search, Glander said. A State Patrol helicopter was also used in the search.
The Goodhue County Dispatch Center sent out a Code Red message Monday morning to residents within a one-mile radius of the correctional facility, Glander said. The message informed residents by phone of the incident and asked anyone who saw people matching the juveniles' description to call police.
Russell stressed that the Red Wing facility is a minimum security prison, and that the DOC wouldn't put inmates there unless they fit that description.