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Two-day manhunt ends in capture of suspect hiding in a deer stand in Minnesota

Nathan Moorhouse

Editor's note: This article was originally published Aug. 17, 2015.

A two-day manhunt finally turned up a Park Rapids man considered dangerous and possibly armed in northern Wadena County.

Hubbard County's K-9 Oakley was instrumental in the capture. Thursday night numerous officers in Hubbard and Wadena counties set up a perimeter to catch Nathan Allen Moorhouse, 33, of Park Rapids.

"A landowner was checking his deer stands on his property when he found Moorhouse hiding," Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said. "He attempted to call law enforcement when Moorhouse climbed down and began to fight with the landowner in an effort to keep him from calling. The call was eventually made."

Sgt. Dan Kruchowski and K-9 Oakley, who had lost sight of Moorhouse Wednesday night, were instrumental in the Thursday capture, Aukes said.

"Oakley pushed him out to a road where one of the officers on the perimeter of the containment area apprehended him," Aukes said.

Moorhouse fled after being stopped late Wednesday near Menahga. According to information released by the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, at 11:41 p.m., a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Menahga area. The suspect refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, which ended in the area of 159th Avenue, south of Stocking Lake Road.

Moorhouse was last seen on Thursday, Aug. 6, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the area of Stocking Lake Road, a short distance west of Wadena County Road 23. That was the general area where officers set up the new perimeter Thursday night. Authorities wanted to bring in a helicopter Thursday but foggy conditions hampered that idea.

"We've been chasing this guy for two days," a deputy radioed his fellow officers Thursday night.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Menahga Police Department, Sebeka Police Department, Verndale Police Department, Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Cass County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Border Patrol and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Moorhouse is considered to be a career criminal with more than a dozen convictions on his record going back 15 years. He has been convicted in theft, drug, burglary and assault incidents, but has generally been law-abiding since 2010. He was convicted then of felony assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, according to Hubbard County Court records.

He is currently in the Wadena County jail and is also being held on numerous Hubbard County warrants, Aukes said.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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