A routine shoplifting call in Chadron turned into the arrest of a 25-year-old who had a federal felony warrant out of South Dakota.
Chadron Police were dispatched to Big Bat’s around 5 a.m. Saturday for a shoplifting call, and shortly after found a vehicle crashed behind the China House restaurant. The driver- Stephan Eagle Bear- fled on foot into the field north of McDonald’s, and confirmed he had a warrant for his arrest.
Officers set up a perimeter around the field, and the Dawes County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol joined in the search for Eagle Bear. He was located behind an abandoned building north of McDonald’s hiding in tall weeds.
Eagle Bear was arrested without incident and transported to the Dawes County Jail where he will be held on the felony warrant out of South Dakota, United States District Court. Police say the warrant is for a Probation Violation; with the underlining charge of Homicide.
Chadron Police Officer Sean Considine said information received Friday night helped lead to today’s arrest.
“We had seen this vehicle occupied by Eagle Bear earlier in the night in downtown Chadron while walking and checking doors in the business district,” said Considine. “When we saw the vehicle crashed behind the China House, we knew Eagle Bear would flee on foot, and present a danger to law enforcement. With the assistance of the other agencies, we were able to pin him down in the field and then apprehend him without incident.”
Two passenger in the crashed vehicle, 26-year-old Brianna Eagle Bear and 38-year-old Johncina Bear Robe, were also arrested on charges of obstruction.