Authorities Apprehend Suspect in Domestic Violence Case Near Argusville, NDARGUSVILLE, N.D. – A man sought by law enforcement officers after a 11-hour dayside manhunt ended just before 7 tonight when authorities arrested him in cornfield near Argusville.
By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications
ARGUSVILLE, N.D. – A man sought by law enforcement officers after a 11-hour dayside manhunt ended just before 7 tonight when authorities arrested him in cornfield near Argusville.
The man was wanted after an domestic violence incident.
Authorities had earlier identified the suspect as Dylan Pederson, 21, of Fargo.
Law enforcement officials searched a cornfield Wednesday for the man before taking him into custody tonight near 167th Avenue and 21st Street Southeast.
The suspect was being transported to the Cass County Jail in Fargo.
Authorities received a report about 7:40 a.m. of a rolling domestic dispute in a vehicle, Majerus said. The female victim told authorities she had driven to the Fargo-Moorhead area from Grand Forks to pick up Pederson, who is believed to be the suspect arrested tonight by authorities.
According to Majerus:
The victim said an argument ensued on the way back to Grand Forks, and a shot was fired in the vehicle by Pederson, who had a handgun. She got out of the vehicle between Harwood and Argusville, where a passing motorist picked her up.
Based on the victim’s description, the Highway Patrol located the vehicle on Highway 81 and tried to stop it, but Pederson turned off Highway 81, went over the railroad tracks and across both lanes of traffic on I-29 and through a fence. The car came to a stop in a ditch. Pederson got out and fled into the large cornfield on the west side of I-29 at County Road 34.
Majerus said it was unclear if Pederson was injured. One of the initial dispatch calls stated he shot himself in the forearm, but that hadn’t been confirmed.
Officers believe the victim and Pederson are boyfriend and girlfriend, Majerus said. Majerus said Pederson is known to authorities and the victim was taken to the Cass County Jail on an outstanding warrant.
Kayley Roxana Marie Tinkler, of Fargo, was charged with property theft in West Fargo Municipal Court in early August. She was sought on a bench warrant issued Aug. 8.
A helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection was on the scene this morning before leaving about 10:40 a.m. to refuel and was replaced by an airplane, while sheriff’s deputies and state troopers continued to surround the cornfield. Shortly after 11 a.m., a North Dakota National Guard helicopter also arrived to provide aerial support, and the customs helicopter returned.
Just before noon, an officer riding in the border patrol helicopter was attempting to make contact with the suspect by using a loudspeaker.
Greg Winterquist farms the 115-acre field with his son Jamie.
“It’s big taxpayer dollars,” Greg Winterquist said of the resources authorities are investing in the search.
The Winterquists were combining a field south of the cornfield where the suspect was being sought.
Majerus said earlier today that authorities believed Pederson was armed because no weapon was found in the abandoned vehicle.
“So we are using all precautions just in case,” he said.
A police canine was used at the scene to search areas around the cornfield, but due to the threat posed, neither the dog nor its handler were sent into the field, said Majerus, who added that the approach being used is to wait things out.
Temperatures at the cornfield were in the mid- to upper 80s this afternoon.