Third party trying to talk Dawes Co. fugitive into surrendering

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) _ Officers have been talking through a go-between to a fugitive who's hiding in some northwest Nebraska woods.

Officers have been searching an area of Dawes County for Justin Pierce, who has been living east of Crawford and also goes by the name of Justin Beck.

Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey says officers are using the unidentified go-between in trying to get Pierce to surrender.

The hunt for Pierce began Monday evening when officers tried to serve him with Nevada and Utah arrest warrants. Pierce escaped in a pickup that was found later near some woods.

Dailey says Pierce has some military training that may have prepared him for the cold and the wilderness conditions. Dailey believes Pierce panicked when officers came to his house and said he would have called alled in more resources from other agencies if
he felt Pierce posed a physical threat.

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