MASON CITY | A man wanted for meth, escape and forgery has been arrested by the Mason City Police Department.

Dylan James Mennenga, 22, no permanent residence, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, escape and forgery. He faces an additional charge for carrying weapons.

At about 7:20 a.m. March 29, Mennenga was walking through the dining area of the Beje Clark Residential Facility, 818 15th St. S.W., when a baggie fell out of his pocket, Mason City police wrote in charging documents. Employees collected the baggie, which contained five smaller bags of a crystal-like substance later identified as methamphetamine.

Mennenga, who police say escaped BeJe Clark April 1, is accused of passing a fake $20 bill at Casey’s, 2701 19th St. S.W., at 4 a.m. May 20.

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Video footage showed him entering with an unidentified woman, who gave him the bill to purchase two items, according to court documents.  

“When the clerk informs the two that the money is no good, as it says ‘copy’ and some of the writing is in Russian on the bill, both subjects quickly leave the store,” police wrote in charging documents.

Mennenga was arrested by Mason City police June 25. Police say he possessed a black collapsible baton in his rear pants pocket at the time of his arrest.

Mennenga is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County Court July 6.

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