Bayport man charged with escape from custody

Published 7:41 am Friday, June 30, 2017

A Bayport man previously convicted for throwing a brick through Bell Liquor’s window is also facing charges for felony escape from custody.

Mal Pauliet Tharjiath, 25, appeared in Mower County District Court on Thursday after allegedly cutting off a global positioning system monitoring bracelet.

Tharjiath was released from the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Stillwater in January. He was required to wear the GPS bracelet as part of his release agreement.

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According to court records, the Department of Corrections received a tamper alert at 9:28 p.m. on Feb. 17. The alert indicated the bracelet had been cut off in the area of the 900 block of Seventh Place Northeast.

The Austin Police Department and DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit were notified of the alert. APD officers caught Tharjiath later that night.

Two weeks ago, Tharjiath was sentenced to a year in jail for gross misdemeanor third-degree property damage and had to pay $1,157.95 in fines for throwing the brick through the front door window of Bell Liquor at 200 S. Main St. on Feb. 17. He received credit for 119 days served.

Tharjiath is due to appear in court on July 3.