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Missing predatory offender from Minnesota found in California

Authorities had been searching for him since he left his Rochester home on a mountain bike.

Officials have tracked down a missing Level 3 predatory offender who escaped his supervision in Rochester more than a week ago.

Michael James Costa was taken into custody near Van Nuys, California, over the weekend, and he's being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) said in an email release.

Costa was sent to Intensive Supervised Release after being released from prison on July 25, 2016, but had been on “fugitive status” since April 14 because he escaped his supervision.

He was last seen riding his mountain bike away from his Rochester home, and the DOC says "intelligence information" led investigators to California, where they arrested Costa with the help of local law enforcement.

No other information was released.

Costa’s criminal history includes two convictions for criminal sexual conduct against juvenile females in 2004 and 2012. He also has two convictions for failing to register as a predatory offender.

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