Two Fargo residents are in custody after eluding law enforcement officers overnight south of Jamestown, according to Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff.
Jake Baumann, 39, was arrested on charges of eluding arrest, reckless driving and reckless endangerment and faces additional charges from a previous felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver,
Jennifer Wahl, 35, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
"It started as a traffic stop due to a complaint of theft," Kaiser said. "The deputy saw them and they took off."
Kaiser said this occurred about 3 miles south of Jamestown.
"He pursued them," he said. "They ditched the vehicle and fled on foot near the (Jamestown) Country Club."
Kaiser said law enforcement officers learned that Baumann was suspected of carrying a weapon. The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office issued the first of four alerts to county residents at that time.
Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said the alert urging residents to shelter in place was issued at 11:18 p.m. Sunday. It was lifted at 5:15 a.m. Monday.
Kaiser said the search continued through the night and was aided by information from the public Monday morning. A "be on the lookout alert," including a description of the suspects, was issued at 12:31 p.m. Monday and a message alerting the public the pair had been captured was issued at 1:36 p.m. The pair was ultimately located in a rural area south of Cavendish Farms.
"They were taken into custody in a tree row," he said. "They tried to elude but we did capture them there."
Kaiser said they were apprehended without violence and no one was injured during the incident.
The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the Jamestown Police Department, North Dakota Parole and Probation and the Special Operations Team.
Bergquist said the alert system worked as designed and got messages concerning the search to residents who had signed up for the Everbridge Program.
"They found them the second time around," he said, referring to the messages Monday morning urging the public to be on the lookout for the individuals. "We gave more information about the people they were seeking."
Bergquist said the wording of the messages is important to convey the vital information without conveying undue alarm.
"We are really trying not to panic people," he said.