Tuesday, December 4 2012 1:15 PM EST2012-12-04 18:15:45 GMT
FKHQ.COM - FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the Salt Lake City Division has announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mitchell Lee Walck.>>
KHQ.COM - FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the Salt Lake City Division has announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mitchell Lee Walck.>>
UPDATE: Mitchell Lee Walck was scheduled to have his first appearance in a Bismarck, North Dakota courtroom on Thursday.
Walck faces local charges there of terrorizing, armed breaking and entering of a vehicle, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. Walck is currently being held without bond in Bismarck, North Dakota.
In Idaho Walck faces a kidnapping charge after allegedly kidnapping Susan Smith from Rathdrum, Idaho and then dropping her off in Glendive, Montana.
A U.S District attorney said that the F.B.I is currently reviewing the case to determine whether federal kidnapping charges will be brought against Walck because the crimes he is accused of took him across state lines.
Walck is also accused of shooting at an Idaho state police officer. So far, Walck has not faced any charges relating to that shooting but additional charges are likely.
It's currently unclear when Walck will be back in the Idaho area to face the kidnapping charge.
Kidnapping victim, Susan Smith, told Kootenai County authorities that she did not want to be interviewed.
TWEET FROM KHQ'S DYLAN WOHLENHAUS: Burleigh County North Dakota court tells me FBI fugitive Mitchell Lee Walck will be held without bond.
BISMARCK, North Dakota - After a short pursuit police in Bismarck, North Dakota have captured fugitive Mitchell Lee Walck.
Police there say Walck tried stealing a truck. When the truck's owner came out of the truck stop he spotted Walck inside his vehicle. That's when Walck allegedly threatened the man at gunpoint then took off on foot. Moments later police showed up and a witness pointed in the direction of a mobile home park where Walck ran too. Police then tracked down Walck where they found him hiding under a tree nearby the mobile home park.
Walck was taken into custody without incident. Police found him in possession of a 9mm handgun. Walck was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, terrorizing, and unlawful entry of a motor vehicle. He was also arrested on the outstanding kidnapping warrant from Kootenai County. Police also discovered the 2005 silver Subaru Outback Walck allegedly stole from his kidnapping victim, Susan Smith.
Authorities said early on in the manhunt that Walck may have shaved his beard and dyed his hair black. The most recent booking photo from the Burleigh County Jail in North Dakota shows Walck did in fact change his appearance. Previous booking photo's from Montana show Walck having a full beard and gray hair.
Stay with KHQ for the latest on this story.
BREAKING NEWS TWEET FROM KHQ'S DYLAN WOHLENHAUS: Authorities in Bismarck, N.D. have confirmed that they've arrested Idaho fugitive Mitchell Lee Walck at 11:06 a.m. PST. We're working on getting you more details.
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - A fugitive on the loose may believe he shot two Idaho State Police officers. Sources tell KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus that Mitchell Lee Walck may believe he shot two Idaho State Police officers.
Why investigators may believe that is because of alleged comments he made to kidnapping victim Susan Smith. Walck is accused of shooting at an Idaho State Police officer late Saturday night after officers tried to make a traffic stop on the pickup Walck was driving near Rathdrum. Walck has a long criminal history beginning in Pennsylvania where Walck was born.
Pennsylvania court records show, in 1997 he pleaded guilty to Simple Assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. But his most recent violent criminal history began in 2001 during a standoff with deputies in Powell County Montana.
According to Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard, Walck was held up in an abandoned rancher home with his girlfriend for several hours as deputies tried to convince him to come out of the house.
Howard says that Walck made threats against his deputies that he (Walck) wanted to "shoot and kill them." Deputies were able to get Walck out of the home when, after shooting him with a rubber bullet they arrested him.
Because of a technicality in the court system the charges brought against Walck after the standoff were dropped. However while in the Powell county jail Walck attacked a deputy. After the incident he was charged with assaulting a peace officer and served 10 years in a Montana state prison.
Powell County sheriff tells KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus that he "feared" after Walck was released from prison he might be capable of the shooting and kidnapping incidents he's accused of now. Kootenai county authorities have had a chance to interview the kidnapping victim, Susan Smith but have not released the details of that interview. Stay with KHQ for the latest.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Staff members at a homeless shelter in Billings called police after a man matching the description of an Idaho kidnapping suspect arrived at the shelter for dinner.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Vk8QD7 ) that the man was gone when police arrived at the Montana Rescue Mission Tuesday evening.
Regional law enforcement officers and the FBI are searching for 57-year-old Mitchell Lee Walck after a Rathdrum, Idaho woman reported she was kidnapped from her home at gunpoint and driven to Glendive, where she was released unharmed. The man took her car.
Officers in Rathdrum believe the kidnapper is the same man who shot at an Idaho State Police trooper who tried to make a traffic stop. Officials say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com
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