Manhunt for suspect in N. Mankato called off due to heat, humidity


Officers from a number of agencies on Monday afternoon chased a suspect in North Mankato who is accused of fleeing after hitting a Blue Earth County Sheriff's deputy with a car last month.

He was spotted again Monday afternoon, but officers gave up a prolonged chase as night fell due to heat and humidity, KEYC reported.

"The people who are walking these ravines can only do it so long and then you're physically exhausted from dehydration and so forth," Nicollet County Sheriff Dave Lange told KEYC.

A four-hour search for Jacob Friedrichs began Monday when he was spotted driving in lower North Mankato, the Mankato Free Press reported. When police pursued him, he ultimately drove his vehicle into a ditch, and he ran off into the hills, the newspaper reported.

Officers used dogs, dozens of squad cars, and a State Patrol helicopter as part of the search, the Free Press reports.

There's no doubt heat – and "horrendous" swarms of mosquitoes – were slowing the suspect as much as his pursuers, officers said. "He's going to be a few quarts low on blood," Lange said, the Free Press reported.

In addition to being accused of hitting a Blue Earth County Sheriffs deputy with a car, Friedrichs has been connected to stolen property, the Free Press reports. Friedrichs spent time in prison after a drug conviction, the Free Press reports.

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