FARIBAULT, Minn. -- After a 20-hour search, Faribault Police officials say they have apprehended a man wanted in an alleged violent assault involving his girlfriend.
Authorities say they found Shane Wilson Sunday afternoon in a farm field on foot in rural Steele County. They say a resident spotted the suspect and called police. Wilson, who was considered "armed and dangerous," was apprehended without incident.
"We are relieved this is over," said Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen. "When we found him he was cut up, full of mud, and hypothermic."
Police took Wilson into custody and he is being treated at an Owatonna hospital.
Investigators began looking for the 28-year-old suspect Saturday evening after officers found a stalled car near near the police department on 4th Street. Authorities say the driver, a 26-year-old woman, was unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. Two small children were also in the car and appeared unharmed. They were taken into police custody.
About 30 minutes after the discovery of the stabbing victim, Owatonna police took a report of a stolen 2001 Chevrolet Impala. Authorities say Wilson's vehicle was discovered a short distance away.
About an hour later, deputies from the Steele County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a vehicle on fire on a rural gravel roadway south of Highway 14 on the Steele and Waseca County border. The vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, was unoccupied.
A State Patrol helicopter with thermal imaging and a K-9 were brought in to search the area for Wilson but were not able to locate him Saturday evening.
"Clearly, the type of incident in Faribault was violent and top of he is a suspect in a stolen vehicle," says Chief Bohlen. "We needed to get him into custody and we did that. I know the family is relieved, too."
The female victim is recovering from several stab wounds at North Memorial Hosptial. She is expected to survive.
Charges in Rice and Steele County could come early this week.
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