Librarian, infrared camera help catch wanted men

2012-01-28T18:00:00Z 2012-04-28T17:20:37Z Librarian, infrared camera help catch wanted menBy the Lincoln Journal Star
January 28, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

Authorities in central Nebraska used a helicopter with an infrared camera to track a fugitive, and found another wanted man in a public library in Minden after a high-speed chase in which shots were fired at a state trooper's cruiser, the Nebraska State Patrol said Saturday.

At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, the patrol said in a news release, a trooper saw a 2004 Subaru Impreza speeding while traveling east on Interstate 80 near the Odessa exit. The car's driver wouldn't stop for the trooper, the release said, and a 20-minute chase followed, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The Subaru exited the interstate at Kearney, and several shots were fired from the car -- at least one hitting the trooper's cruiser, patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said in the news release. The trooper wasn't injured.

The Subaru continued to speed along several highways in the area before crashing into a ditch along Nebraska 10 north of Minden, Collins said. Two people fled from the car on foot.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, using an infrared camera, the pilot of the patrol's helicopter spotted one man in a nearby field. A police dog team found and arrested Aleksandr Voznyuk, 22, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Then, at about noon, a librarian reported seeing a suspicious person at the public library in Minden. Minden police and a Kearney County sheriff's deputy arrested 18-year-old Petr Strizheus of Harrisburg, S.D.

Both men were wanted on charges of attempted homicide following a Friday carjacking in Brighton, Colo., in which shots were fired at the vehicle's owner, Collins said in the release. The men have since been jailed.

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