UPDATE 6:00 PM - The final escaped inmate, James Mitchell has been arrested on I-35W after being spotted in a Minneapolis Park.


LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) - Nine inmates escaped from a prison in Lino Lakes when an inmate jumped a fence, hijacked a transport van full of other prisoners and drove off.

The Department of Corrections said eight of the prisoners were apprehended a short time later but one remained on the loose. Police were searching midday Friday for assault convict James Mitchell in north Minneapolis and were cautioning residents to stay indoors.


The escape at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Lino Lakes happened about 11 a.m. Friday.

The facility houses about 1,800 minimum- and medium-security male prisoners.