Man who fled police transfer arrested in New Baltimore

Mark Hicks, The Detroit News

Authorities have captured a 21-year-old man who was on the run for more than a week after fleeing during a prisoner transfer.

Nicholas Ian Mosher escaped custody at about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 near 26 Mile and Interstate 94. Clinton Township police arrested him for a probation violation but were transferring him to Marysville officers since the original charge was leveled there, investigators said.

Mosher wasn’t handcuffed since he had a cast on his left arm, police said. During the exchange, the young man ran into nearby woods wearing hospital scrubs.

Police pursued Mosher with K-9 officers and a helicopter but couldn’t find him. Investigators released his mugshot and description to generate tips from the public.

At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, a New Baltimore police lieutenant spotted a man matching Mosher’s description walking near Green Street, the department said in a statement.

Help was requested from Chesterfield Township, Marysville and Michigan State Police as well as the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and a Sterling Heights K-9 unit.

Officers advanced on a vacant building at 3:45 p.m. and found Mosher there.

He was taken into custody and released to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office on an existing arrest warrant. An investigation could bring additional charges, New Baltimore police said Tuesday.

St. Clair County court records show that a bench warrant was issued for Mosher after he failed to appear at a sentencing hearing. The 21-year-old had faced charges of domestic violence as well as assaulting police and resisting arrest stemming from a May incident, according to the documents.