Update: Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC) Escapee - In custody

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:


Incident Time:  9:15pm

Incident location: 

Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC)

6102 Abrahamson Road  Saginaw, MN 55779

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Branden Russell King

Name: Branden Russell King



Age: 28



Address: Cloquet, MN



Incident Summary: 

On 09/10/2021, at approximately 9:15pm, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office was notified by NERCC of an inmate whom had fled on foot from the facility into the woods.  Branden Russell King had been sentenced to NERCC for prior domestic assault convictions and was determined to be missing during a headcount at the facility.  Review of video surveillance showed King going into the woods outside the facility at approximately 7:28pm.

Law enforcement conducted extensive search of the area from both the air and the ground and were ultimately unable to locate King.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of King is asked to please call 911.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office received assistance during this search from the Minnesota State Patrol and the Hermantown Police Department. 


Authority: Sergeant Nick Voltzke

Date:  09/11/2021                                                        Time: 2:35am

Additional Information or Update:

NERCC escapee Branden King was taken into custody, without incident, at approximately 6:40 AM by St. Louis County Deputies. A deputy had received information from an off-duty police officer, that a male matching Kings description was walking on the Midway Rd near the St Louis River Rd in Hermantown.

King was transported to the St Louis County Jail and is expected to be charged with escaping from custody

Authority: Sgt.  Eric Hanegmon       Date:  09-11-21    Time: 07:28 AM