Three arrested after fugitive warrant and search warrant are served in Willmar

A CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force search for a fugitive and a Willmar Police Department SWAT Team search resulted in the arrests of three people Monday in Willmar. All three are in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail, awaiting court appearances.


WILLMAR — Three people are in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail after search warrants were served in Willmar late Monday.

The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force attempted to arrest a 37-year-old Willmar man, a fugitive wanted for controlled substance and firearm-related offenses, according to a news release from the task force.

When agents tried to make contact with him, he fled in a motor vehicle. After about 1.1 miles, the drive shaft fell off his truck, and it became disabled, according to the release from Sgt. Ross Ardoff, commander of the task force. The man was arrested and is being held on pending charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substances, reckless driving and driving after revocation, in addition to two Kandiyohi County arrest warrants.

The Willmar Police Department’s SWAT team served a search warrant in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest in Willmar in connection with the fugitive arrest.

One person tried to jump out a second-story window during the search but did not. A 32-year-old male and a 24-year-old female were arrested for controlled substance crimes as a result of the search. They are in custody awaiting court appearances.


Kandiyohi County Specialized Tactical Assistance Team and CentraCare Emergency Medical Services also assisted in the investigation.

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