The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a Level 3 predatory offender who is no longer complying with the conditions of his release from prison.
Michael James Costa was released from prison on July 25, 2016, to Intensive Supervised Release by Olmsted County. He has been on fugitive status since April 14, 2017, when he absconded from his supervision while residing in Rochester, MN.
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UPDATE: Offender In Custody
Level 3 predatory offender Michael James Costa was taken into custody in California over the weekend (April 22-23, 2017). Costa was on fugitive status after absconding from his supervised release in Rochester, MN.
Intelligence information led investigators to California, where with the assistance of local law enforcement, Costa was arrested near Van Nuys. He is currently in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. No further information is available at this time.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections would like to thank law enforcement in Minnesota and California, the public and the media for their help in this search.
Sarah J. Fitzgerald
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Minnesota Department of Corrections
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He was last seen leaving his residence on a black mountain bike wearing a black leather jacket and black jeans. He is known to use the aliases Maliik Gouli and Malik Mujaheed Hassan Costa.
Costa is 38 years old. He is Caucasian, has brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has three documented tattoos: left wrist, right forearm and right calf.
Costa has a criminal history that includes two convictions for criminal sexual conduct against known juvenile females – in 2004 and 2012. He also has two convictions for failing to register as a predatory offender.
Citizens should not attempt to confront Costa. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the DOC Investigator assigned to the case at 651-361-7777.