Arrested fugitive makes court appearance in Mower County

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Gregory Ahlers
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AUSTIN — A man who was on the run from local law enforcement for more than three months appeared in court Tuesday, two days after he was captured in California.

A bounty hunter tracked Gregory Victor Ahlers, 48, to his biological mother's home in Corona, Calif. He was taken into custody Sunday.

He appeared at a hearing Tuesday morning in Mower County District Court, where he was charged in June 2013 with two counts of fifth-degree drug possession and a single count of terroristic threats, all felonies.

Ahlers remains in custody there in lieu of $110,000 bond; his next court date has been set for Oct. 10.

The Lake City man was wanted in at least three Minnesota counties for various crimes, including the felony drug charges in Mower County, said Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.


Ahlers also faces felony warrants for fleeing in Olmsted County and a gross misdemeanor warrant in Wabasha County.

He's expected to remain in Mower County until that case is resolved, officials said.

The local search began in earnest about 4:45 p.m. May 21, when law enforcement converged on a residence on Paxton Road Southwest in an attempt to arrest Ahlers on two felony warrants. Tips had led officials to believe he had been staying at the residence, said Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

But as officers surrounded the area and set up a perimeter, Ahlers fled out the back door of the residence into the surrounding wooded area.

That launched a search that included law-enforcement officers, a SWAT team, police dogs and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter — efforts that fell short. The Rochester Alert system was activated to alert residents within a three-mile radius of the area to secure their homes and vehicles, Behrns said.

Ahlers had led officials on multiple chases in the two weeks prior to the search, Behrns said at the time.

He has an extensive criminal history in Minnesota dating back to 1992, including convictions for assault, weapons and drugs.

Fugitive from area caught by bounty hunter

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