MASON CITY – A man who escaped months ago from Beje Clark Residential Facility in Mason City and who allegedly robbed at least 4 churches in Hampton has been captured.
According to an Iowa Department of Corrections official, Jeremy Nicholas Mulford, 32, originally from the Hampton area, escaped from Beje Clark on October 14th. He was incarcerated there for two counts of Prohibited Acts, from Polk and Franklin counties.
Mulford was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail Monday morning at 8:11 AM. He is being held for $5,000 bond.
Mulford is a convicted felon and has been charged with numerous crimes including the manufacture of methamphetamine. He was also charged with trespassing in Mason City this past June, a charge to which Mulford plead guilty. He still owes the courts $566.60 in that case.
In addition, Mulford is facing an array of charges from a series of alleged incidents in Hampton beginning in November of 2012 and culminating in his arrest there on Christmas Eve.
According to records, Mulford faces one count of second degree burglary, (a class C felony) and five counts of 3rd degree burglary (class D felonies). Mulford also faces an aggravated misdemenor charge of interference with official acts causing bodily injury when he was arrested.
According to Hamtpon Police Chief Robert Schaefer, an officer spotted Mulford walking down a sidewalk on December 24th, 2012. As the officer approached, Mulford fled and “the chase was on.” Mulford was apprehended, and in the course of the chase, a Hampton police officer injured an ankle, leading to the bodily injury charge.
Chief Schaefer said that Mulford allegedly burglarized six Hampton businesses: PJ’s Barber Shop; Franklin County Conservation Building; First Christian Church; Church of the Living Word; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church; and Church of Christ.
Mulford faces an arraignment hearing in Franklin County District Court on January 15th.