IA authorities searching for an armed MN man who fled officers

Updated: December 08, 2019 10:43 PM
Created: December 08, 2019 05:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A St. Paul, Minnesota man is considered to be on the run from authorities after fleeing a Cerro Gordo County deputy during a traffic stop on Friday.

Authorities say they are looking for 31-year-old Marcus Houston Jones of St. Paul after he fled on foot during a traffic stop investigation in the 900 block of North Adams Avenue in Mason City on Friday.


The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that a deputy made the traffic stop for an equipment violation. During the stop, a sawed off, pistol grip rifle could be seen in plain view, next to the back seat passenger. While the deputy was attending to the two passengers, the driver, Jones, exited the vehicle and fled. When Jones got out of the car, a loaded .45 caliber handgun dropped to the ground. Jones was not captured and warrants for his arrest have been filed. He is being sought for carrying weapons, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and interference with official acts.

Authorities say Jones should be considered armed and any one with information with information on his whereabouts should call law enforcement at this number: (641) 421-3000.

In the meantime, the backseat passenger was arrested and identified as Carlos Levelle Cooper of Mason City. Cooper is charged with carrying weapons, possession of firearm as a convicted felon, and 3rd degree offense possession of marijuana. Cooper was taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail and held for bond.

The third male passenger was not charged with any crimes relating to this incident.

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