MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The longer Anthony Zappa runs, the more authorities and his family fear a violent outcome.
"The biggest concern now is he's desperate and on the run and he's fought police all the way," said FBI agent Paul McCabe. "You keep doing this and someone will get hurt."
Zappa, 29, has become notorious by fleeing police attempts to capture him. On Monday, he ran through yards in St. Paul to get away from investigators. On Tuesday, he shut down the Mall of America when he fled police and ducked into the shopping center, changing his clothes and slipping out before anyone saw him.
Zappa's mother, sister and 10-year-old son, Steven, went on the KQRS-FM morning radio show Wednesday to urge him to turn himself in before he or anyone else got hurt. They also said they were told by police that he'd face five years in prison if he surrendered.
"I just wanted him to turn himself in 'cause if he keeps on running he'll be in jail probably forever," Steven said. "And he might hurt someone while he's running, too. So I want him just to turn himself in; that way no harm is done."
Zappa was wanted by police in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota on warrants for being a felon in possession of an automatic weapon, flight from law enforcement, burglary and car theft.
He has a history of eluding police and has been on the run from various authorities since he posted bail at the Anoka County jail Dec. 15. Last week, he fled Iowa police by stealing two cars and jumping out of a motel window.
Two of Zappa's cousins also made a public plea for him to turn himself in.
Renee Caspers of Charles City, Iowa, said she talked with Zappa by phone Tuesday while authorities searched the megamall.
"Tony is scared," she said. "Tony, please stop running. I'll do whatever I can for you. I love you."
She and another Iowa cousin said they were afraid that Zappa would be shot if he didn't surrender. And they wondered why so much effort was going into the manhunt.
"The truth is he hasn't shot at nobody," said Lenny Zappa of Charles City.
St. Paul police were investigating whether a shot fired by a police officer during the chase on Monday afternoon struck a school bus with 11 children inside.
Bus driver Anthony Erdman said he heard "a very loud pop" just before squad cars passed him. A few moments later he noticed that a pane of glass on the door had shattered and reported it to his dispatch office.
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