MASON CITY – A seemingly desperate fugitive slipped out of handcuffs and tried to flee that Mason City police station Friday, but officers were too quick.
Mason City police tell NIT that Friday around 11:45 PM, 25-year-old Melissa Mae Williams was arrested on an escape warrant stemming from when she allegedly left Beje Clark on April 4, 2016 and failed to return.
During the initial stop today, Williams tried using someone else’s ID to claim she was someone else. She was charged with Providing False Information and brought to the police department headquarters. At the station, Williams was charged with one count of Forgery for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20.00 bill at the Mason City Dairy Queen on May 6, 2016. During this time at the station, Williams was handcuffed to the wall in an interview room while the officer left the room briefly. Williams was able to free her wrist from the handcuff and then allegedly ran down the hallway and out of the station before being chased down and apprehended by officers outside the lobby door.
Williams was charged with an additional count of escape for this action.
Police further say the investigation is ongoing, and added that Williams “has not been charged with any counterfeit $50 incidents by our agency at this time.”