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Litchfield, Minnesota, man flees into the woods to avoid arrest

September 2 – FOREST CITY

– A joint effort by three law enforcement agencies and several residents helped arrest a man facing assault charges.

Benjamin Allen Miller, 39, of


was arrested without incident, but not before allegedly attempting to flee police by firing into the woods.

According to a press release from

Sheriff of Meeker County

Brian Cruze, a deputy sheriff, responded to a report of suspicious activity at the 63200 block of 315th Street in Forest City Township around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, a suspect fled the scene to a wooded area. According to the release, the deputy suspected the person was Miller because he knew Miller had an active warrant for his arrest.

Additional deputies also responded, setting up a perimeter to begin a search in the wooded area to which Miller had fled.

According to the release, several residents in the area also provided information about the location which aided police in their search. “Sheriff Brian Cruze would like to thank those who helped resolve this situation quickly and safely.”

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Miller was arrested around 3 p.m. Thursday without further incident. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Miller was booked in the

County of Meeker

Jail sentence for new charge of fleeing from police on foot. The warrant under which he was arrested stems from an impending second-degree assault with a weapons charge, Cruze said.

Miller was seen charged Friday morning in Meeker County District Court and was released without bail, according to a Meeker County Sheriff’s Office official.

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