Another man is charged in connection to the case of an attempted murder of a Bismarck police officer from two weeks ago.
Juan Nunez, 32, was arrested last week and charged with felony hindering law enforcement. He is accused of helping 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado avoid apprehension, though sealed court documents leave unclear the exact nature of his role.
Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with felony counts of attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer. Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Marina Spahr said other charges may be pending.
Like Nunez, certain documents in Villalobos-Alvarado's criminal case are sealed, per a judge's order.
Spahr said documents in the two defendants' cases are sealed for similar reasons but has declined to say why. South Central District Judge Thomas Schneider, who presided over Villalobos-Alvarado's initial appearance, said "basically, they are sealed for now because of the ongoing investigation."
Spahr said Nunez was with Villalobos-Alvarado when he went to South Dakota, where he was arrested in Brookings, bleeding from a gunshot wound.
At the time of the search for Villalobos-Alvarado, Bismarck Police said: "He may be in the company of a large, tall Hispanic male.”
Nunez has a preliminary hearing set for March. He is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, pending $100,000 cash bond.
No next court date has yet been scheduled for Villalobos-Alvarado. He is also jailed, pending $500,000 cash bond.
The officer who subsequently shot Villalobos-Alvarado when he allegedly tried to run him or her over is on administrative leave while the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation examines the officer-involved shooting. The name of the officer has not been released.