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(Neb)-Running Red Light Leads To Arrest Of Man Wanted In 2 States

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/27/2017 12:59 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF - Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says a man arrested Tuesday morning for a chase that began with a car running a red light has turned out to be a suspect wanted in two states.

        When he was taken into custody, the man had identified himself as John Chavez, but Sheriff Overman told KNEB radio that fingerprints identified him as 30-year-old Julio Bernal, wanted in both Colorado and Texas on multiple felony counts including kidnapping, assault, and menacing.

     Nebraska State Patrol Lt. Art Frierichs told the station the incident that eventually led to Bernal's arrest began around 11:30 Monday night on the north side of Scottsbluff when trooper pursued an SUV that ran a light at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Avenue after leaving a convenience store.

       The trooper called off the chase on a country road southeast of Mitchell, but a resident who lives 6 miles south of Mitchell called the sheriff's office a little later, saying his wife had called him to say a man and woman had come to the door and she'd let them in to use the telephone.

       The man said he'd told her to sneak away, and when deputies arrived a short time later they found two people on the porch of the home who identified themselves as 46 year old John Chavez of Cheyenne and 21 year old Kendra Red Bear of Scottsbluff.

       Both the man and an SUV at the house matched descriptions from surveillance cameras at the convience store moments before the initial chase, so the couple was arrested and taken to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center where Chavez was eventually identified as Bernal.

        He remains in the jail on a local charge of flight to avoid arrest as well as warrants from Colorado and Texas.


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