UPDATE: St. Charles Police capture suspect who ran from traffic stop

St. Charles Police Department is still searching for the suspect but the shelter in place in St. Charles is over.
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 12:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 2:49 PM CDT
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UPDATE: After further investigation, the St. Charles Police Department identified the fleeing suspect as Bryan Anderson, 26, of Red Wing.

Around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop when Anderson failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Whitewater Ave. and E. 11th Street in St. Charles, nearly colliding with the squad car.

Anderson fled police, running through two more stop signs and traveling through the downtown area.

Eventually, he came to a dead-end road on Meadowview Drive, got out of his car and fled on foot toward Highway 74, police said.

Before pursuing Anderson, an officer secured the suspect vehicle. A 45-year-old female passenger was detained for questioning and later released without charges.

Soon after the suspect fled, a shelter in place order was issued for the area as a precaution, as officers on scene did not know who the suspect was or whether he was armed or not.

Multiple agencies joined St. Charles police to help search for Anderson, including the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Lewiston Police Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol. K-9 units and helicopters also assisted.

Around 4:45 p.m., someone called Olmsted County deputies after seeing a person matching Anderson’s description walking in the area of 15th Street SE and 195th Avenue in Dover.

When St. Charlies police and Olmsted County deputies responded, they saw Anderson running into a wooded area. After a short search, they found him and arrested him.

Anderson was taken to the Winona County Jail and booked on a number of charges, including fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle and on foot, suspicion of driving while intoxicated, pending test result, reckless driving, speeding, multiple stop-sign violations, driving with a revoked license, probation violation, and possession of burglary/theft tools.

The St. Charles Police Department said Anderson had a long criminal history, including fleeing from law enforcement.


The St. Charles Police Department has taken the suspect into custody. He was hiding in a wooded area just west of St. Charles city limits. A resident spotted the man on a gravel road just before 5:30 p.m. and called law enforcement. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

Additional details will be released later Thursday night.

UPDATE: St. Charles Police Department is still searching for the suspect but the shelter in place in St. Charles is over.

According to St. Charles Police Chief, officials do not believe the suspect is armed.

Extra patrols will be out in St. Charles today into the evening as the search for the suspect continues.

Officials cleared the scene by Highway 74 and Don Drive and are continuing their search elsewhere.

A female was in the vehicle with the suspect when police attempted to stop them. Police detained the female but did not charge her with anything.

Police have identified the suspect but are not releasing a name yet.

Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Lewiston Police Department, and Minnesota State Patrol all assisted on scene. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was also used in the search but is no longer active.

UPDATE: St. Charles Police Department is still searching for the suspect but one person is in custody for being involved with the suspect.

According to St. Charles Police Department, neighbors saw the suspect run out of the van pictured below and go into a field.

The suspect fled from police after an officer attempted to stop him for several traffic violations including running a stop sign and almost hitting a squad car.

St. Charles Police and suspect vehicle
St. Charles Police and suspect vehicle(KTTC)

The male suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6′3″ tall, slender build, wearing a black t-shirt and jean shorts.

He was last seeing running west bound towards Hwy 74 from Meadow View Drive in St. Charles. Olmsted county K-9 unit are on the scene to sniff around the suspects vehicle

At this time officials do not believe the subject presents a risk to public safety.

If you see a subject matching the description above, do not approach him, call law enforcement.

Winona County Emergency Management stated that the shelter in place was only intended for St. Charles and not all of Winona County. The shelter in place is still active in St. Charles as officials search for the suspect.

This is a developing story.

ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC) – The Winona County Sheriff’s Office has requested that Winona County be put in a shelter in place as officials search for a suspicious man in St. Charles.

According to Winona County Sherriff’s Office, at 12:04 pm on June 16th, 2022 an Emergency Alert with a shelter in place request was send out by Winona County Emergency Management at the request of the St. Charles Police Department.

The alert was intended for the Meadow View Drive neighborhood in St. Charles but inadvertently was sent Countywide.

Residents in the Meadow View Drive Area should lock their doors and report any suspicious activity.

St. Charles Police is looking for a tall skinny white male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

This is an active police investigation and people should avoid the area.

Call Winona County Sheriff’s Office at 507-457-6368 if you see anything suspicious.

This is a developing story.

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