UPDATED: Daytime burglary suspect now in custody

Updated at 10:05 p.m.

The suspect is now in custody.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Bemidji Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a potentially armed and dangerous suspect.

According to the release from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, officers responded to the 700 block of 18th St. NW on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2:50 p.m

A neighbor reported he had interrupted a daytime burglary, and informed officers he saw a Native American male exiting the back door of a neighbor’s house, carrying multiple firearms.

When the neighbor asked this male what he was doing, the suspect fired one shot from a 12 gauge shotgun into the ground then pointed the gun directly at the caller, according to the report.

The suspect, after telling the neighbor to leave, headed south towards 15th St. NW.

The suspect is described as a Native American male in his late 20s or early 30s, with black shaved hair and a moustache, wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes. The suspect has a thin build and is approximately 150 pounds.

Chief Mastin says this suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on this suspect or the crime can contact the Bemidji Police Department, or submit information anonymously through Crime Stoppers MN.

Photos submitted by Chief Mastin


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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