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UPDATE: Spring Valley man in custody after chase and discovery of chemicals

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SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (KTTC) -- A 30-year old Spring Valley man is in custody after deputies attempted to arrest him on a felony arrest warrant early Saturday morning.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said a deputy spotted Sonny Ray Juday about midnight in Spring Valley. Juday fled in a vehicle and drove to a residence known to be frequented by him, north of Spring Valley at 24022 County Road 1. The homeowner identified himself as Sonny's father, Gary Juday. He fled on foot and officers were unable to locate him. A K-9 from the Austin Police Department helped search.


While searching the area for Juday, Jensen said officers found chemicals and other items in a bus parked on the property that they felt could have been related to the making of explosives. Photos were sent to the Bloomington Bomb Squad, which responded later Saturday morning.


"In the process of searching, they found some items they were concerned about," said Sheriff Jensen.  "Those items were reviewed by the bomb squad in Bloomington and they felt it necessary to come down here and make the scene safe."

According to Gary, his son was using the chemicals to build rockets.  He later said that authorities seized meth paraphernalia, guns, ammunition and other drugs from the property.


The Rochester/Olmsted County ERU Team was also requested to respond. Jensen said Juday was taken into custody at approximately 8:25 a.m. and transported to the Fillmore County Jail.

Officers carried out a search warrant at the property at 11:05 a.m. The bomb squad detonated some of the unknown chemicals found. Jensen said that no explosives or bombs were located in the bus or on the property. Jensen said that as a precautionary measure nearby residents were evacuated until the scene was safe.

Sonny's father, Gary, said his son would periodically stay at his home.  Recently, his son moved back in to help him recover from a surgery and do repairs on the house.  Gary Juday said his son has been addicted to methamphetamine for most of his life.


"I got custody when he was twelve and I raised him from then and I tried to do the best I could, but you know, the damage had been done," said Gary Juday.


During Sonny's most recent stay in April, he ran into trouble with the law. Gary said his son was painting the kitchen when he got into a fight with his grandmother.  His grandfather called the police, but Sonny had left before they arrived.  According to Gary, authorities seized a gun from the house that he claims was his own.


"For this to build the way it did, over something that was mine...I feel somewhat responsible," said Gary Juday. "I know that he did wrong."


Gary Juday said he felt the events in April prompted authorities to pursue his son. He questioned the motives of deputies, who he said, "could have arrested him anytime while he was mowing the lawn."  Gary Juday said he doesn't know why authorities waited until the middle of the night.


"They had no right to come into my house and search my stuff without a warrant," said Gary Juday.


The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office maintained they had a felony arrest warrant for Sonny and came across disturbing evidence while searching for him.
   

"The items in the bus were concerning," said Sheriff Jensen.  "There were powders and liquids in there and things that the bomb squad felt it necessary to dispose of them safely."

Juday will appear next week in Fillmore County District Court. Jensen said he expects additional charges subsequent to Juday fleeing from officers.


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