Search continues for man suspected of stealing multiple vehicles

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- He is accused of stealing at least six cars over the last three weeks. He has managed to outrun and escape police twice.

38-year-old Eric Hall is still on the loose.

"In these types of cases it takes a lot of joint agency cooperation, especially if you're in a more rural area and don't have a lot of personnel," said Sgt. Mike Marcks with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

All of this started Mid-June when police got a call about a stolen vehicle out of River Falls. Hall was spotted driving it in Chippewa County, even captured on camera filling it up at a gas station.

That led to a chase but Hall was able to run away.

Over the next few days, police got three more reports of stolen vehicles around Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties, including New Auburn.

One of those vehicles reportedly had weapons inside. Sgt. Mike Marcks with the Wisconsin State Patrol says that adds to the challenges.

"Anytime you're pursuing someone armed and dangerous it adds a danger element to it, but we as law enforcement are trained and prepared to deal with that situation," he said.

Hall was last seen in the Town of Vesper, northwest of Wisconsin Rapids Monday night. Police again tried to catch him but he got away.

Since then, there has been two more reports of stolen vehicles; one in the Town of Vesper, the other in Merrillan.

Sgt. Marcks says one challenge is timing. He says if you spot Hall, call police quick when it is safe.

"Make it timely as possible so we can respond quickly and have the most up to date information as possible," he added.

Police say consider Hall armed and dangerous, so just make the call to law enforcement.

"Don't try to take it into your own hands, utilize a cell phone and dial 911," he said.

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A wanted man who has apparently evaded almost a half-dozen law enforcement agencies may have stolen yet another vehicle, this one in Merrillan.

Chief Deputy Mark Moan of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says his department has recovered the pickup truck that Eric Hall, 38, is suspected of stealing in Wood County. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office also suspects Hall in the theft of a minivan in Merrillan between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Moan says the minivan was taken from W. Charles Street between 9 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The department has not received any reports from anyone who saw Hall there.

On Monday night, deputies spotted Hall in Vesper, which is northwest of Wisconsin Rapids. Investigators say Hall was involved in a fight with a deputy as he tried to get away from a home there. The deputy wasn't treated for her injuries. Deputies arrested another man who was at the home, Francis Otta, 34. He's accused of obstructing an officer and was taken to the Wood County Jail.

This all started earlier this month. Investigators suspect Hall of stealing several vehicles, and leading officers on a chase near Eau Claire last month. He was spotted in Rhinelander about a week later. Moan says the state Division of Criminal Investigation is involved in the search for Hall. Deputies say Hall may be armed, and should be considered dangerous. If you see him, you're asked to call law enforcement right away.
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators in Wood County spotted a wanted man Monday night, but he got away again.

The sheriff's department in Wood County believes Eric Hall, 38, stole a car after fleeing police just before 10 p.m. Sheriff's deputies say he may be armed and should be considered dangerous. They got a tip that Hall was at a home on the 6500 block of Anderton Avenue in the Village of Vesper. Another man at the home told officers Hall was not there, but investigators saw Hall running away. Shortly after that, the sheriff's department got a report of a stolen truck. It's a silver 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck with a Wisconsin plate number of GD7687.

If you see this vehicle, call law enforcement immediately. Do not approach Hall. The other man who was at the home, Francis Otta, 34, was arrested for obstructing an officer and is in the Wood County Jail.
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- Wood County Communications Center received an anonymous tip that Eric T. Hall M/W 12/7/75 was at a residence in the 6500 block of Anderton Ave in the Village of Vesper. Hall is wanted on a felony warrant for a probation violation. Deputies responded to the residence and made contact with the individual in control of the residence, who told deputies that no one else was present in the residence. Deputies did observe Hall inside the residence, and when attempting to apprehend him, he did resist arrest and fled on foot. A foot pursuit followed, but ultimately Hall was able to avoid apprehension. The other individual at the residence was arrested for Obstructing an Officer and was taken to the Wood County Jail.

A short time later a Stolen Vehicle complaint was reported to the Wood County Communications Center on Ryland Ave. in the Village of Vesper. This vehicle is a Silver 2004 GMC Sierra K1500 Pickup Truck with WI license Plate GD7687. It is believed that Hall would be the one who stole this vehicle.

Although no weapons were observed in this incident, Hall should still be considered to be possibly armed and dangerous. If anyone observes Hall or the vehicle mentioned, DO NOT APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND, CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.


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