Escaped prisoner still on the looseA Walhalla, N.D., man is still on the loose after escaping from custody in Cavalier, N.D., on Thursday, the Pembina County sheriff said. Glenn Troy Stegman, 34, fled when he was returning to the jail after a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning.
By: By Lisa Gulya, Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun
A Walhalla, N.D., man is still on the loose after escaping from custody in Cavalier, N.D., on Thursday, the Pembina County sheriff said.
Glenn Troy Stegman, 34, fled when he was returning to the jail after a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning.
Pembina County Sheriff Brian Erovick said Friday afternoon that the search for Stegman had moved to Walsh County, where Stegman is believed to have fled on a stolen ATV.
“We’ve got a couple other leads that we’re working on right now, but nothing that has panned out just yet,” Erovick said.
The Pembina County Sheriff’s Office describes Stegman as a white male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with hazel eyes and long, red hair. He is not considered dangerous to the public.
No Walsh County sheriff could be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
Second escape in 20 years
Erovick, who has been with Pembina County for 21 years, said the only other escape he can remember occurred in the early 1990s. A male inmate either picked the lock on his cell door or a jailor left it unlocked, and the man fled.
“He escaped and stole a pick-up,” Erovick said. “We ended up catching him that night.”
The man was wanted in Wisconsin “I believe, for escape,” Erovick added.
When Stegman escaped, he was handcuffed but not bound by leg irons.
Pembina County uses leg irons only for prisoners who are high profile or have a history of escape, Erovick said.
Stegman has been in jail before for drug-related crimes, but he has never before attempted escape.
When asked whether Stegman would be required to wear leg irons during transport when and if he is caught, Erovick said, “Oh, yeah — definitely.”
Anyone with information should call the Pembina County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 265-4122.
Lisa Gulya is a reporter at
the Grand Forks Herald,
which is owned by Forum Communications Co.