BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Police searched the Mall of America on Tuesday morning as the hunt for a man wanted in three states entered its second day.
A security camera confirmed that Anthony S. Zappa, 29, was at the mall, though it was not immediately clear if he had been inside or in a parking area, WCCO Radio reported.
Zappa, of St. Paul, is a federal fugitive wanted in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin on firearms and other charges. He has a history of fighting with police.
Police converged on the country's largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex after a passing motorist spotted someone at about 7:15 a.m. in a car who looked like Zappa, 29, the target of an extensive manhunt in St. Paul on Monday. An officer spotted the car, which sped off. It was later found in a mall parking area, and officers were searching the shopping complex, Bloomington Police said. Shops were not allowed to open at 10 a.m. and were to remain closed during the search.
On Monday, police cordoned off several blocks of a St. Paul neighborhood while searching for Zappa, also known as Anthony S. Wright. Members of the Minnesota Fugitive Task Force had cornered Zappa, but he sped off, said FBI spokesman Paul McCabe. He abandoned a car and ran though a neighborhood, where police searched on foot and with a helicopter.
McCabe said Zappa is known to carry weapons and resist arrest. Police fired one shot during the chase but Zappa was not hit, said St. Paul Police spokesman Michael Jordan.
Zappa is wanted in Wisconsin's Polk County on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon; in Wisconsin's Barron County on suspicion of burglary; and in Iowa's Floyd County on a warrant filed Monday on a charge of vehicle theft.
After a shooting incident March 14 at a farm in Floyd County, Zappa evaded officers in a hunt that lasted more than 12 hours, said Sheriff Rick Lynch.
Authorities believe that he stole a car, got a ride from a farmer and then was picked up as a hitchhiker. He was seen in Charles City, Cowell and Mason City, then back in Charles City before the trail went cold March 15.
Zappa was convicted in Floyd County for burglary in 1994, Lynch said.
He was arrested in Minnesota last November on warrants. He was released pending a court appearance, and when he failed to show up, a fugitive-from-justice warrant was issued.
Zappa is described as 6 feet tall and about 250 pounds.
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