Escaped ICE detainee arrested in St. Paul

Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Man walked out of jail almost 24 hours prior


A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee who walked away from the Freeborn County jail Monday before stealing a car in Albert Lea was arrested Tuesday morning in St. Paul.

Victor Nava-Urioste

Victor Nava-Urioste was taken into custody at 10:50 a.m. after ICE officers reportedly tried to pull him over in a stolen 2013 Toyota Camry in St. Paul. Nava-Urioste reportedly refused to comply and fled at a high rate of speed, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

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The pursuit ended on a dead-end road, where he fled on foot and was later apprehended.

Nava-Urioste had been missing for almost 24 hours after leaving the jail Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office stated at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Freeborn County jail deputies found that Nava-Urioste, 26, had walked away from the detention facility in Albert Lea. He reportedly escaped through a jail door that was believed to have been locked, but unlatched. He then walked through a hallway that leads to an exterior door at the southwest corner of the government center.

Video showed him leaving the courthouse at about noon Monday. He walked across Broadway Avenue between Front Street and Pearl Street.

At about 2 p.m. Monday, the Albert Lea Police Department took a complaint of a stolen 2013 silver Toyota Camry from Graceland Cemetery on the west side of the city.

The suspect description was similar to Nava-Uriose.

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said the Sheriff’s Office “fairly extensively” investigated how Nava-Urioste was able to get out of the building.

“There’s some procedural changes that we’re going to implement,” he said.

He noted ideally there should be a double door system at that entrance, as is the case with all other entrances coming into the jail; however, he hopes there can at least be an alarm put in place on the door or hallway sensors to let the detention deputies know there’s movement in that hallway.

The entrance was initially designed for the work release program but since taking on the ICE agreement, the area has been integrated into a pod for holding detainees, Freitag said.

He said the door in question is not used often but is checked.

Look to the Tribune for more information as it becomes available.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.