|Pursued suspect apprehended|
|January 28, 2012|
UPDATED Jan. 28, 12:19 p.m. MST.
MINDEN, NE - The second of two suspects wanted in connection with a late night pursuit in which shots were fired at a Nebraska State Patrol trooper has been taken into custody.
Petr Strizheus, 18, Harrisburg, S.D. was taken into custody without incident around noon, Saturday, Jan. 28, at the public library in Minden. Click here for exclusive interview with Minden librarian Loni Johnson. Strizheus was arrested by Minden Police and a Kearney County Sheriff’s deputy after the librarian reported a suspicious subject to law enforcement.
Strizheus and another suspect were the subjects of a pursuit that led to an overnight search in Kearney County, when the two ditched the vehicle they were driving near the Fort Kearney Feedlot. The first suspect, Aleksandr Voznyuk, 22, Sioux Falls, S.D. was located at 2 a.m., hiding in a field near the feedlot.
Neither suspect was armed at the time of their arrests. Both men will be lodged in the Buffalo County Detention Center. The investigation into the incident continues.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Kearney, Buffalo and Phelps County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Kearney and Minden Police Departments.
MINDEN, NE. - One suspect is in custody and another suspect remains at large following a late night pursuit in which shots were fired at a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) trooper.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, a trooper clocked a 2004 Subaru Impreza traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 80 just east of the Odessa exit. The vehicle failed to stop for the trooper, and a pursuit ensued.
The vehicle exited I-80 at the Kearney exit and headed south on Highway 44, at which time several shots were fired from the vehicle at the trooper’s patrol car striking it at least one time. The suspects then turned east onto Highway six traveling into Minden, before turning north onto Highway 10.
The pursuit ended ½ mile north of the Fort Kearney Feedlot when the vehicle entered the east ditch and the two occupants fled on foot. A perimeter was established and a search began. NSP SWAT, Police Service Dog (PSD) units and the Aviation Support Division were called in.
Shortly after 2 a.m., the pilot of the NSP helicopter utilizing the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) located a heat signature in a field near the feedlot. An NSP PSD team entered the field and located one of the suspects.
Aleksandr Voznyuk, 22, Sioux Falls, S.D. was taken into custody and lodge in the Buffalo County Detention Center.
A second suspect, Petr Strizheus, 18, Harrisburg, S.D. is still at large.
Area residents are warned to be on the lookout for Strizheus described as at white male, 5’7” tall, 180 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. Strizheus was last seen wearing a black fleece jacket with blue jeans.
Authorities continue to search for Strizheus who should be considered dangerous. Both suspects are wanted for attempted homicide following a Friday, Jan. 26, carjacking in Brighton, Colo. in which shots were fired at the owner of the vehicle.
Citizens are asked to call 911, the NSP Troop C Headquarters (308) 385-6000 or local law enforcement if they have information that may aid in the location of the suspect.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Kearney, Buffalo & Phelps County Sheriff’s Offices and the Kearney Police Department.
No law enforcement was injured in the pursuit which last approximately 20 minutes and reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. The arrested suspect was treated for a canine bite before being lodged in the Buffalo County Detention Center.