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Wanted man chased, arrested


A Nespelem man wanted on several arrest warrants was finally captured last Saturday after a foot chase in Electric City and taken to Grant County jail.

Arrested was Amos M. Staggs, 23, wanted on a felony warrant and two misdemeanor warrants.

Staggs is also facing new charges of escape, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

Police officer Levi Johnson saw Staggs standing outside Banks Lake Pub Saturday afternoon and told him he was under arrest. That’s when Staggs took off running, in spite of repeated statements that he was under arrest, police reported.

Johnson ran after Staggs, who ran between East Grand Avenue Avenue and Coulee Boulevard.

Police Officer Joe Higgs who also was involved in the chase.

Both lost Staggs, until footprints in the snow and a bystander told the pair, “He went that way.” The footprints led police to a house on Park Avenue, where the suspect was found hiding in a covered area.

That’s where Staggs was cuffed and brought under control. When asked why he fled, the officer’s report stated that Staggs said, “I don’t know, I just did.”

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