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Montana fugitive arrested in Cass County after four-hour manhunt

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ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — A man is behind bars after stealing a car, running from the cops and causing a four-hour search outside of a small town last night, police say.

There were concerns from neighbors as to why they didn't hear anything from authorities.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department said the public was in no immediate danger when deputies were searching for 41-year-old Aragorn Berger, the fugitive wanted on felony burglary charges out of Missoula, Mont.

Cass County Sgt. Tim Briggeman said deputies started a search for him Wednesday afternoon, April 19, after receiving a report that Berger was in the Argusville-Aurther area.

The search was near county roads 4 and 11 after deputies found an abandoned vehicle they believe Berger stole about seven miles west of Argusville.

A perimeter was set up around two nearby farmsteads — one where he abandoned the car, one near a treeline he ran to after he left the car. Authorities found and arrested Berger after searching for about four hours.

A neighbor said he was surprised when deputies didn't come over to tell him and his family what was going on.

Briggeman said authorities knew Berger wasn't armed and dangerous and where he was.

"Had it been in a city type setting, where we need to reach out to multiple people, we have things such as a Code Red. But, in this specific incident as of yesterday, it was contained to two farmyards." Briggeman said.

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