Walck arrested, threatened truck driver with gun in Bismarck

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 6:21 PM

BISMARCK, North Dakota -- A fugitive wanted for shooting at an ISP trooper and kidnapping a Rathdrum, woman was arrested in North Dakota Wednesday morning.

Police took Mitchell Walck, 57, into custody around 10:00 a.m. PST at a Bismarck, ND mobile home park.

Bismarck Police said Walck hid inside a truck parked at the Oasis Truck Stop. A 34-year-old man returned to his truck and found Walck inside. Police said Walck threatened the victim with a handgun and then ran to a nearby mobile home park.

When officers arrived, a witness was able to direct officers to the area to which Walck ran off. Police set up a perimeter and found the suspect hiding under a pine tree. He was taken into custody without incident.

Police said Walck had a 9mm handgun in his waistband when he was arrested.

Bismarck Police recovered a 2005 Silver Subaru Forester that was reported stolen from Idaho.

Walck had been on the run since early Saturday morning. Authorities in North Idaho said he shot at an ISP trooper following a short pursuit in Rathdrum. Walck was last seen running up Rathdrum Mountain.

Authorities said Walck entered the home of a Rathdrum woman and waited there until officers cleared the scene. They said Walck held the woman, Susan Smith, at gunpoint and then forced her to flee with him in Smith’s car.

Smith was let go, unharmed, in Glendive, MT Sunday afternoon. She has since returned to Rathdrum.

Bismarck Police said the FBI questioned Walck early Wednesday afternoon.

He now also faces charges in North Dakota including unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, terrorizing and felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities said Walck is part of the Sovereign Citizens movement, which the FBI considers anti-government. Police said he also has ties to Aryan Nations members in North Idaho.

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