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Man at large afer Beltrami jail escape

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Authorities continued their search Saturday afternoon after a Cass Lake man held on a sex charge escaped from the Beltrami County Jail.

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Gerald Joseph Browneagle, 31, escaped from a minimum security area about 8:45 a.m. authorities said Saturday afternoon.

Browneagle, has been held at the jail since March 30 on criminal sexual conduct charges, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said in a statement.

"He was being held tempo-rarily in the minimum security unit for the weekend and managed to escape through an open door while the correc-tions officer on duty, in that area, was distracted," Hodapp said. "Upon jail staff discover-ing the escape, Beltrami County Dispatch and officers were notified, as well as Cass County and other agencies, and the search began."

Browneagle was last seen wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and sandals. He is an Ameri-can Indian, 6-foot-1, 317 pounds, with a tattoo "Negoni" on the right side of his neck and another tattoo on his left arm that includes the word "RIP."

Browneagle is from the Cass Lake area, Hodapp said.

Anyone with knowledge of Browneagle's whereabouts is encouraged to immediately contact the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office at 333-9111 or local law enforcement agen-cies.

Y bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

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