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Fargo man held in Winnipeg following three-day manhunt

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An American man who sped through the Canadian border crossing in a stolen vehicle – then vanished following a high-speed police chase – has been arrested near Headingley following a three-day manhunt.

The 29-year-old was tracked down Tuesday afternoon just west of Winnipeg. Several citizens called police about a man who appeared to be hiding out in the community, and RCMP nabbed him hiding in the trees near the RM of Cartier with assistance from the canine unit.

Joshua James Grandbois, 29, of Fargo, North Dakota, has been charged with two counts of theft of motor vehicle, two counts of mischief, possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle under the criminal code. He is also facing two charges under the Customs Act for failing to present himself to a customs officer, and wilfully attempting to evade compliance of the Customs Act by failing to present himself to an officer. He is being held in custody in Winnipeg.

RCMP began searching for the man just after noon last Saturday after he made a dramatic, and illegal, entry into Canada. North Dakota police were in the process of chasing him when he blew through the Lena port of entry without stopping.

The Mounties spotted his stolen Chevrolet Lumina bearing North Dakota plates abandoned near Souris later that afternoon. In exchange, the man had stolen a Ford F-150 truck with Manitoba plates.

Less than an hour later, Portage RCMP spotted the new stolen vehicle headed east on the Trans-Canada Highway and tried to pull it over. But the driver sped away, eventually bolting from the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Yet another report of a stolen truck was made a short time later, near St. Francis Xavier. That truck was found abandoned and smashed later in the evening, and the suspect was long gone. It was unknown if he swiped another vehicle or remained on foot.

The trail grew cold until the alert citizens spotted the man on Tuesday afternoon, leading to his arrest. He will likely have to deal with his Canadian charges before facing deportation back to the U.S., where he is also expected to face prosecution.


Updated on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM CDT: Adds name, charges.

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