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Authorities arrest inmate who escaped during visit to ER

BEMIDJI—Authorities arrested an escaped inmate on Sunday after he fled custody last week during a visit to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center emergency room.

Adam Johnson, 27, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest, along with two other people. According to the Bemidji Police Department's daily activity report, officers arrested Johnson after responding to an anonymous complaint.

He was booked into the Beltrami County Jail on three warrants. One was issued from Beltrami County for theft, the second was from Hennepin County for theft, and the third was from Washington County for fifth-degree drug possession.

In addition to Johnson, the authorities arrested a 38-year-old man on several warrants and a 40-year-old woman. It was not specified why the woman was arrested.

Johnson was booked at the Red Lake Detention Center when he allegedly slammed a door on his finger, requiring a visit to the emergency room in Bemidji late in the evening Wednesday, May 15.

On his way out of the emergency room, he got one of his legs out of his leg irons and broke away from the corrections officer who was escorting him. The officer ran after Johnson but was unable to apprehend him.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and the Bemidji Police Department were called to assist with the search just after 10 p.m., but they were unable to locate the inmate. The officers used the help of a K-9 unit during the process.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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