Two NERCC escapees in custody, one still on the run

By KBJR News 1

Caught prisoners: Anthony Kozar (left) and Ryan Locke (right)

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July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM CST

Eveleth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Three men, escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC) in Duluth last week.

Two of them are now in custody, but one man remains at large.

Authorities continue to search for 22-year-old Tyler Sandstrom who escaped with the two other prisoners on Thursday. Sandstrom was sentenced to NERCC for theft of a motor vehicle and robbery.

Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Lewis Kozar on Sunday after being spotted by an Eveleth Police Sergeant.

Police say Kozar took off running and ran into a home.

The St. Louis County Emergency Response team, along with several police departments, set up a perimeter around the house.

Kozar was eventually taken into custody without incident after the short stand-off.

On Saturday, Eveleth Police arrested the other NERCC escapee, 24-year-old Ryan Adam Locke, after he allegedly stole a car from a gas station in Virginia and led police on a chase.

The pursuit ended in Hermantown.

Locke had two active felony warrants from St. Louis County.

Police say all the men escaped from NERCC on Thursday.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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