A Minnesota man wanted on several felony charges is arrested after leading police on a two mile high-speed chase reaching 100 mph and then taking off into the woods behind Gander Mountain in Eau Claire.
Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says 20-year-old Quyumba Wilson from Mankato, Minnesota was known to be very dangerous.
Sgt. Mike Melgaard with the Wisconsin State Patrol says Wilson was being investigated in Minnesota for felony stalking, felony kidnapping, domestic assault by strangulation, and criminal sexual conduct. From a case in the dorms at Mankato State University, where he was a student.
Lt. Jeff Lorentz with the State Patrol says investigators also had information that Wilson said he "would not be taken alive" and was affiliated with a gang.
Lorentz says detectives from Minnesota were going to serve Wilson a warrant for his arrest when they found out he left the state and might be headed through Wisconsin to Chicago.
Lorentz says Minneapolis detectives got a hit on Wilson's cell phone and started heading this way Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin State Patrol was already on the lookout for Wilson when a trooper spotted his car in Dunn County. The trooper attempted to pull him over at Highway 93 in Eau Claire. Lorentz says that's when Wilson led the trooper on a two mile long chase at 100 mph.
Lorentz says Wilson crashed his car after trying to avoid stop sticks on I-94 near the Highway 53 exit and losing control. He says the stop sticks appeared to have deflated all four of his tires.
Lorentz says a State Patrol pilot was already in the air monitoring the situation when the crash happened and Wilson ran.
The sheriff says the county SWAT team was training less than a half mile away from the scene and that "Wilson didn't know what he was getting into." K9 units were also called in and the State Patrol pilot was able to see Wilson for much of the search and track where he was. In all there were nearly a half-dozen agencies helping during the search.
"We’re very fortunate for the resources, I can’t say that enough about the multi-agency response we had," says Lotentz.
Sgt. Gerald Voight with the State Patrol and Sgt. Mike Graf with the Eau Claire Police Department arrested Wilson on I-94 about 30 minutes after he fled. Lorentz says Wilson did not appear to be injured.
The sheriff says Wilson wasn't armed when he was arrested, but an officer thought he saw something shiny in Wilson's hand at one point. Cramer says investigators searched the woods for possible weapon but didn't find anything as of Wednesday night.
Wilson is now in the Eau Claire County Jail. Cramer says they'll hold him until they get extradition papers from Minnesota.
Gander Mountain and the Wisconsin State Patrol Post were locked down during the search. People inside at the time say they're glad officers kept them safe.
"I didn't even know I was locked in until I was ready to leave," says Mike Strassman.
"I thought it was a good thing you never know what would have happened," says Dale Soltwisch.
INFORMATION ON THE WARRANT FOR WILSON'S ARREST:
According to court documents out of Blue Earth County, Wilson assaulted a woman in the dorms at Mankato State University. An alert from Mankato State says he was a student there.
In a statement of probable cause, the woman told investigators there was a domestic abuse no contact order against Wilson prohibiting him from contacting her. She said he created a Facebook account under a different name and contacted her. She says she refused to meet him, but agreed to talk to him on the phone.
In the court documents, she says after the phone call ended, she was leaving her dorm room and Wilson was standing in the door. She says Wilson forced her into the room, tried to strangle her, punched her in the stomach and she was forced to have sex with him because she was afraid for her life.
The woman also told investigators when Wilson left he took her dorm keys that allowed him access to her room at anytime and changed her Facebook and e-mail accounts so he would have access to them.
Court documents say she told investigators Wilson said he would resist arrest and said he had "nothing to live for" and was going to end his life.