A man registered as a predatory offender in Minnesota was arrested on Halloween after he allegedly darted from a rural New Richmond house after learning police were on their way.
The incident prompted the activation of a Code Red notification for residents in the area while multiple agencies conducted a search for the man, later identified as Erik S. Kristiansen.
The 50-year-old was arrested after a search lasting more than two hours. He faced an extradition charge in St. Croix County, for which he appeared Nov. 2 in circuit court.
Kristiansen waived extradition to Dakota County, Minn., where a felony warrant had been issued for his arrest.
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which placed Kristiansen on a list of predatory offenders, he became noncompliant in listing an address in May. Kristiansen listed an Eagan, Minn., address after his arrest in New Richmond.
According to preliminary St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department reports, officers were first called at 1:30 p.m. to 1288 County Road G in the town of Richmond for a domestic disturbance.
About an hour later, deputies began a manhunt after learning that one of the people at the home had fled after learning officers were responding to the disturbance. Though that person - later identified as Kristiansen - wasn’t involved in the disturbance, he did have a warrant for his arrest, said St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
Deputies, assisted by New Richmond police, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources agents, began combing the area for Kristiansen.
Knudson said Kristiansen’s predatory offender status in Minnesota prompted “a community safety concern” that led to a Code Red alert notifying area residents of the situation.
Officers spotted Kristiansen on Highway 65 near B. Dalton Liquor in New Richmond. He was then seen fleeing into some nearby woods, Knudson said.
He said officers went in after Kristiansen and he gave himself up.
The incident lasted about two and one-half hours, Knudson said.