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UPDATE: Olmsted County Sheriff's Office asks wanted fugitive to turn himself in

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The search continues Thursday for a wanted fugitive after people in southwest Rochester were asked to stay inside Wednesday night while officers searched outside with weapons drawn.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Gregory Ahlers, 48, is wanted for two felony fleeing warrants in Olmsted County and one gross misdemeanor warrant in Wabasha connected to three incidents that happened in the past week and a half.

Residents of the neighborhood were left reeling after seeing teams of law enforcement pour into the neighborhood.

""I for sure locked all the doors, put the alarm on and my kids were nervous going to bed last night," says Kimberlee Fleming, who lives in the neighborhood.

Fleming was even asked to leave her home.

"He says they actually want you to leave the house right now with the kids because he's loose in the neighborhood and he may be armed and dangerous," she explains. "That was when I got nervous and I said, 'kids everyone run get in the car! We're leaving now!' and my husband and a police officer came to the front door and walked us to our van and we left the neighborhood at that point."

Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said deputies activated an emergency response unit to take Ahlers into custody Wednesday night, but he escaped their perimeter surrounding a residence on Paxton Road Southwest by exiting through a back door.

Rochester police, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and SWAT team members searched the area of Country Club Road and County Road 22 Southwest near the old Meadow Lakes Golf Course, where they believe he may have been hiding.

Officers had their guns drawn and were heavily armored. K-9 units were brought in and a helicopter helped in the search.

During the daily law enforcement briefing for Rochester media, Behrns asked Ahlers to turn himself in.

"I'm asking Mr. Ahlers because I know he'll see this either on the Internet or Facebook, turn yourself in Greg we want you to do the right thing," Behrns said. "Let's get this over with and get you some help that you need."

Behrns warns if law enforcement officials find Ahlers in someone's residence, and people are helping him hide, they could face felony charges of harboring a fugitive.

Behrns said they do not believe Ahlers is armed, but the Rochester Alert System was activated to neighborhoods in southwest and northwest Rochester.

According to court records, Ahlers has a criminal history in Minnesota beginning in 1992. It includes burglary, DUI, attempted assault and drug possession.

Behrns said Ahlers is also the same man involved in a motorcycle pursuit in Stewartville earlier this month.

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