The wrong man turned out to be the right guy.
Investigators with the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday afternoon in the heat of a police chase, as law enforcement searched for a suspect involved in an attempted assault on a Bismarck police officer.
The man they were looking for was 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos, who later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, S.D.
Juan Manuel Bustamante was also arrested Thursday afternoon, after fleeing from investigators who thought he was involved in the earlier attempted assault on the officer.
Bustamante has multiple prior criminal convictions, including criminal trespass and violation of a domestic violence protection order. In October, Bustamante was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Maj. Gary Schaffer, of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, said, after Bustamante was arrested, it was discovered he was not the man involved in the attempted assault. However, investigators found there was an order to apprehend warrant for probation violations.
Schaffer also said there are additional charges pending against Bustamante from Thursday.
The sheriff's department received information from a Metro Area Narcotics Task Force member, who had been looking for Bustamante for "unrelated criminal activity," Schaffer said.
Investigators spotted Bustamante near Fifth Street and East Rosser Avenue, close to the Bismarck Public Library. When investigators approached Bustamante, he took off running on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, investigators arrested Bustamante near the William L. Guy Federal Building.
Bustamante was arrested for probation revocations then booked into the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center.