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Published August 05, 2012, 07:28 PM

GF Police Officer Fires at Wanted Man

A manhunt that started Friday continued today with police firing a round toward a 31-year-old Grand Forks man. Juan Angel Robles is connected with the high speed car chases this afternoon and August 3rd.

A manhunt that started Friday continued today with police firing a round toward a 31-year-old Grand Forks man.

Juan Angel Robles is connected with the high speed car chases this afternoon and August 3rd.

At 1:00 pm Sunday, GFPD officers located a stolen 1998 Ford Expedition in the parking lot of 2149 30th Avenue South.

As officers approached the vehicle, the driver, Juan Angel Robles, got in the car and attempted to leave.

The vehicle struck an officer with the passenger side mirror, dragging him for a short distance.

The officer fired one round toward Robles and chased him eastbound on 32nd Avenue South, northbound on South Washington Street and the 1000 Block of Chestnut Street before losing sight of the vehicle.

Robles was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday heading southbound on I-29 near Gardner, N.D.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned by the Fargo Police Department.

Robles was not located and is believed to be in the Fargo area.

Robles is approximately 5’7” tall with brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone knowing the location of Robles should NOT attempt to contact the suspect, and call their local law enforcement agency or GFPD at 701-787-8000.

Posted 08/03/12:

Local authorities continue to look for a man who lead police on a chase in Grand Forks. It all started around 2-30 this afternoon as a routine traffic stop... But the man took off. The man ditched his car outside an apartment building at 911 Cottonwood Street - - A search of the building did not turn up the suspect.

Grand Forks police first tried to stop the car, a white Chrysler 300M model, just south of town on 47th avenue South. But, the driver didn't stop and a chase began.

Lt. Grant Shiller /GFPD : "The driver of the vehicle was driving very eratically. So the police department called off the search because it was in an unsafe manner."

A short time later an off-duty officer saw the same vehicle strike a car on 17th Street and leave the scene of the accident at a high rate of speed. The suspect, was then involved in another accident involving 2 or 3 cars.

Shiller : "I was under the impression there was at least some injuries. The extent of the injuries is unknown, and there could be additional vehicles."

Sheila Nelson saw some of the police chase.

Sheila Nelson / Witnessed Chase : "The cops put on their lights and the white car floored it. He was going west on 17th and then he kind of mucked the side to the curb. "

The driver abandoned his car here on 10th Avenue and Cottonwood Street where authorities searched an apartment building. Erik Smestad lives in the building.

Erik Smestad : "Yep I did come out to see what the commotion. And they kept pointing to the building so I just thought if they needed some help I would let them in."

The search of the building did not turn up the suspect.

Shiller : "We are still searching other areas and parts of the residents and the general area, but at this point we haven't been able to locate him. "

Reporter: The number of police cars in the neighborhood, and word of the chase brought out a large number of curious residents who watched the search from across the street.

"It was kind of scary not knowing what was going on. My first thought is there is children out there playing and we just hope there was no kids in his way but I guess he did hit a couple cars."

Police believe they know who the man is, but they aren't releasing his name.

He is described as a hispanic man, who's 31 years old with a slender build.

He was wearing a white tank top, dark colored basketball shorts and a Texas Rangers baseball cap.

You are asked to call police if you have any information.

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