UPDATE: Wanted Fugitive Identified; Has Lengthy Criminal History

Updated: 05/21/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 8:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's has confirmed to ABC 6 News they are searching for a wanted fugitive in Southwest Rochester. He's 48-year-old Gregory Ahlers of Lake City.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says it received information today that Ahlers was at a house on Paxton Drive in Southwest Rochester. They set up a perimeter in the area, but Ahlers was able to get away from authorities before he could be arrested.

We're told law enforcement went to arrested Ahlers because he was wanted for fleeing police. Authorities say they'd tried apprehending him three other times in the past two weeks, but he was able to elude authorities each time.

Ahlers is not believed to be armed, but authorities say they do not want him in a vehicle.

"We know that if he gets on a motorcycle or a motor vehicle he will not stop for law enforcement therefore we consider him a danger to the public and we want him in custody as soon as we can," Olmsted County Sheriff Capt. Scott Behrens said.

They have a perimeter set up in the area of 2nd Street and County Road 22 Southwest. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, The Rochester Police Department, and The Minnesota State Patrol are all on scene. Police K-9's are also on hand.

People living in the area have told ABC 6 News they received a recorded message around 7:30 P.M. from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office telling them to stay inside and secure their doors.

Ahlers is white, 6'1", 230 pounds, with green eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt. If you see him you are not to approach him, but call 911.

ABC 6 News did some digging and found Ahlers has a lengthy criminal history. He has convictions dating back to 1992 and has been in the court system Wabasha, Olmsted, Dodge, and Goodhue Counties. His convictions include attempted assault, DUI, violation of a protection order, terroristic threats, controlled substance, drug possession, receiving stolen property, and DWI, among others.

ABC 6 News is continuing to follow this situation and will have the latest online and Thursday on ABC 6 News Good Morning.

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