Fugitives Caught After Pursuit Near Devils Lake, ND

FARGO, ND – Two fugitives that fled from the U.S. Marshals Service High Plains Fugitive Task Force in Moorhead, MN yesterday attempted to flee from law enforcement again today near Edmore, ND, this time without success. Jesse Byzewski, 36, and Laura Lorsung, 42, were captured approximately four miles east of Devils Lake, ND and two miles north of Highway 2.

Following tips from the public, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals Service’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force began surveillance at a residence in Edmore, ND. While law enforcement was working to positively determine if the subjects were at that location, both subjects exited the residence, jumped in a silver pickup, and began to flee again shortly after 10:30 a.m. today.

The fugitives, at times traveling at speeds of 105 miles an hour, led the Highway Patrol and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office on a 50 mile chase around rural areas of Ramsey County. They were joined by the Devils Lake Police Department when the chase neared Devils Lake. The fugitives eventually attempted to take the chase off-road near Devils Lake when they intentionally left the roadway and tried to evade law enforcement by traveling across a corn field. While crossing the field their vehicle struck a drainage ditch, disabling the vehicle. Law enforcement officers closed in and were able to safely take both fugitives into custody. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the fugitives for their actions today.

Once in custody, both subjects were taken to St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lake for evaluation before being taken to the Devils Lake jail.