BAY ST. LOUIS -- Deputies extradited Melvin Patrick Mason to Hancock County overnight following his capture Thursday after a five-hour standoff with police in Jackson.
He is held with no bond on 13 charges alleging he sexually assaulted a girl under age 14 in Hancock County.
Mason, 44, was booked at the county jail at 12:32 a.m. Friday.
He had been wanted since Monday, when authorities said he fled the county courthouse after being ordered to take a drug test.
Mason had been out of jail on bond and showed up for his arraignment but officials said he left court before entering a plea.
While responding to Circuit Judge John Gargiulo's questions, Mason acknowledged he would test positive for marijuana use. A prosecutor said Mason slipped out of the courthouse while waiting for an officer to arrive to give him a court-ordered drug test.
Gargiulo revoked Mason's bond and issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Violent Crimes Task Force in Jackson received a tip and found Mason on Thursday at a house where his girlfriend and another woman live. Officials said he was armed and had barricaded himself inside. A SWAT team went in to get him after five hours of negotiations had not coaxed him out.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Daniel said it wasn't immediately clear if Mason will be arraigned next week.
Mason was indicted in 2012 on 10 counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes and three counts of sexual battery. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 240 years in prison.
Mason was arrested on those charges in May 2012, days after he was listed as one of South Mississippi's most-wanted criminal suspects. He was included in the April 29, 2012, installment of Sun Herald series. A federal fugitive task force found him May 11, 2012, and said he was hiding in a closet at a Gulfport apartment.