Inmate Recaptured after Escaping Custody in Lansing

LANSING, MI – On Monday April 30th, 2018, an Ingham County inmate escaped from custody while being transferred to the 54A District Court.  Michael Mountain, 24-years-old, of Lansing, who is currently in jail on an armed robbery charge was able to escape from a deputy while being transferred to the Lansing Police lockup holding facility for court.Michael Mountain

Michael Mountain was able to get out of the City Hall building from the basement (where our Transport Division parks) and within 5 minutes was taken into custody on a business roof in the 100 Block of South Washington by the Lansing Police Department.

Mountain is accused of threatening a woman on April 8th with a gun in the parking lot of the Kroger store on Marsh Road at about 12:13 p.m. He asked for the woman’s purse but ran off when the woman yelled for help. 

Michael Jermel Mountain was arrested that afternoon at a residence in south Lansing. He was arraigned the next day in 55th District Court and is facing four felony counts stemming from the attempted robbery.  He was charged with one count each of armed robbery and receiving and concealing stolen property and two weapons charges.

A judge set a $100,000 cash bond for him.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate how Mountain was able to escape to determine how this happened and what if any steps can be taken to prevent it this in the future.

“I would like to commend the actions of the Lansing Police Department and the Michigan Department of Corrections in apprehending this fugitive so quickly. We will be seeking escape charges soon on Inmate Mountain, and more information about this incident will be forthcoming.” said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth.