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.
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.