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Cops catch fleet-footed fugitive in Mankato

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After two failed manhunts in the last 10 days, authorities in the Mankato area tracked down a man wanted for nearly running over a sheriff's deputy, along with several other offenses.

"He's a fast runner," Blue Earth County Sheriff Brad Peterson, said describing 31-year-old Jacob Friedrichs to the Mankato Free Press.

Officers just before 11:25 p.m. Tuesday night arrested Friedrichs without incident, KEYC in Mankato reported.

Officials had offered a $1,000 reward for his arrest, although Blue Earth County Sheriff Brad Peterson told KEYC that officers followed their own leads to Friedrichs and no one would get the reward.

Blue Earth County Sheriff Brad Peterson told the Mankato Free Press that investigators had been conducting surveillance at several locations Tuesday. They found him at an address on Ahlstrom Road in Mankato.

"We kept following good police work and figured he might be there. We knocked on the door and were allowed in and there he was. He came peacefully with no fight," Peterson told the newspaper.

Friedrichs was being held in the Blue Earth County jail, and a court hearing is expected Wednesday or Thursday. Officials said additional charges are likely.

Friedrichs was spotted in North Mankato Monday, which prompted the latest manhunt. Authorities scoured a hilly area near the intersection of highways 14 and 169 for about four hours until heat and humidity forced officers to give up. They also chased him on July 2 in Mankato.

KEYC says Friedrichs has eluded authorities a total of four times.

Friedrichs is accused of clipping a Blue Earth County sheriff's deputy at a traffic stop on June 29 and is connected to a string of burglaries, police have said. The Free Press says he's also a fugitive from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Earlier this year, Friedrichs was released from jail after an assault victim's story was challenged.

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