Convicted stalker who didn't return from Linn County Jail furlough recaptured
Suspect now charged with escape, interference with official acts
CEDAR RAPIDS — A convicted stalker and burglar who didn’t return to the Linn County Jail from his court-ordered furlough was arrested late Tuesday and now faces additional charges.
Benjamin McCauley, 43, serving a 105-day sentence for two counts of probation revocation, was released from the jail on Aug. 4 and failed to return by noon Tuesday, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Police officers found him at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1032 Ninth St. SE, but he ran on foot from officers as they attempted to take him into custody.
McCauley was charged Wednesday with escape, a serious misdemeanor, and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to one year and 30 days in jail, plus fines.
Court records show McCauley was convicted for stalking an ex-girlfriend and committing second-degree burglary in 2015. He was sentenced to probation and one year at the Lary Nelson Center, a residential facility in Cedar Rapids. He violated probation in those convictions.
McCauley stalked the woman from Nov. 11, 2014 through July 16 2015, according to a criminal complaint. He threatened the woman with verbal and written threats, the complaint says.
Court records show McCauley also showed up at various places with the woman, including at her home, and records showed he called, sent text messages and emails to the woman during this time. In one of the messages or emails, he told her “you are dead today,” according to court records.
Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady sentenced McCauley to five years in jail, but suspended the sentence and ordered McCauley to serve three years probation and one year at the Lary Nelson Center, in accordance with his plea agreement.