Manhunt for wanted predatory offender continues in central MN

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Residents in Paynesville are on alert as authorities patrol the streets in search of a predatory offender who's been on the run for at least a month.

The intensified search for 28-year-old Ryan Clover comes after the suspect fought off and escaped Paynesville Police when they tried to apprehend him earlier this week, KWLM reports.

The station says the officers were acting on a tip from authorities in Isanti County, where Clover is wanted for making terroristic threats and failing to register as a predatory offender.

Police report he "entered a home without permission" and stole a phone, fleeing into a wooded area, according to WJON.

While Clover has eluded authorities since then, he has been spotted around town at least once – the St. Cloud Times reports he was seen Wednesday "shirtless and wearing sweatpants."

WJON says authorities consider him possibly armed and dangerous, and warn that he has talked about hurting himself and law enforcement.

Clover has apparently been fugitive for some time – late last month, the Chisago County Sheriff posted a Facebook update asking residents if they had seen him.

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