NEW INFORMATION: Teen suspected in attempted armed robbery in custody

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LAKE FOREST, Minn. (WEAU) -- A multi-county search for a teenage car theft suspect, that started in Wisconsin, ended early Tuesday morning with a high speed chase in Minnesota.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 14-year-old Cole Laird was arrested in Anoka County.

Minnesota investigators wouldn't identify the teen but say officers chased a boy, wanted for crimes in Western Wisconsin, early Tuesday morning.

Although Laird is a juvenile, Wisconsin investigators put out an alert with his name and picture late Monday, warning he was on the run after an attempted armed robbery at a home in St. Croix County.

The Tuesday chase in Minnesota topped 90 miles per hour, before police say the teen left the freeway and crashed. It happened in Forest Lake just before 6:30 a.m.

According to Centennial Lakes Police, the juvenile was taken to a local hospital and is expected to face charges in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

It all began in Eau Claire, where police say the teen stole a car.

According to officers, he was then involved in the St. Croix robbery attempt and a high speed chase with police in New Richmond.

He eventually abandoned the car near Star Prairie and ran. Police say he then stole another car, only to leave it again and run.

Monday night, several agencies were scouring the Cedar Lakes area on the Polk County line for Laird, after gunshots were heard there.

Stay with WEAU 13 News for the latest on this developing story.

The Polk and St. Croix County Sheriff’s offices are confirming that Cole Laird is in custody in Anoka County, Minnesota.

Police are not releasing details of the arrest other than to confirm that he is in custody.


A search is underway for an armed 14 year-old male in the
Cedar Lake area of southern Polk County.

A series of incidents began in Eau Claire County in the afternoon of
Monday, August 3rd, 2015 where Cole Laird had his first contact with
police. Later in the afternoon, Laird operating a stolen vehicle, and
brandishing a handgun, attempted an armed burglary at a rural residence

in the Woodville area of St Croix County, WI. Laird fled the residence
prior to officers arriving and the vehicle was observed in New
Richmond, WI a short time later. Laird failed to stop for law
enforcement and a high speed chase ensued. Laird abandoned the stolen
vehicle near Star Prairie, WI and fled on foot.

After several miles on foot, Laird stole another vehicle only to abandon
that vehicle a short time later and again fled on foot. Reports of a
gunshot in the area were heard as officers attempted to locate Laird.
As darkness set in authorities believe Laird is in the general area of the
east side of Cedar Lake, a lake that is separated by the Polk/St Croix
County line.

Cole is described as a fourteen year old white male. He is 5’04” and
weighs about 100 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and has
short, blond hair. We are asking anyone with information about Laird or
his whereabouts to contact either the Polk or St. Croix County Sheriff’s

Law Enforcement officers from several surrounding counties responded
to the area and are assisting Polk and St. Croix Counties.


The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Sheriff’s Office are actively searching for a 14 year old male subject that’s believed to be armed with a handgun in the Star Prairie area.

It’s believed this 14 year old stole a car, attempted an armed robbery earlier as well as fled from law enforcement.

The suspect is described to be 5’4” and about 100lbs, wearing a light colored shirt and ball cap.

If you live in the area please secure your residence and stay indoors.

If you observe anything suspicious or anyone matching the description please call 911 immediately.

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