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Authorities capture Osage County fugitive

A wanted man was taken into custody Friday night in Eureka following a joint manhunt with the Osage County Sheriff’s Department and the Eureka Police Department.

Deputies have been searching for 36-year-old Jeremy Holweg of Linn after responding to a home at 113 Mengwasser Lane in Rich Fountain for a burglary and on-going domestic assault early Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Michael Dixon told ABC 17 News Holweg had broken into his estranged wife’s home where he was holding her by knife point.

Deputies requested back up from the Linn Police Department when they found out Holweg was armed.

Deputies found a knife that Holweg allegedly held to his estranged wife’s throat.

When a Linn officer tried to put Holweg in the police car, he fled from the officer.

The officer fell while chasing Holweg, injuring himself. He was taken to St. Mary’s in Jefferson City for treatment.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol helped deputies and officers in the manhunt for Holweg, going door-to-door and searching cars, barns, and buildings.

“He (Holweg) took measures to ensure he wouldn’t be caught for example he was inside a residence for a period of time. He actually made himself a meal inside of one of the homes and when he left he took along some food with him. At one point in time he had actually crawled inside a hay bale,” said Osage Co. Sheriff Michael Dixon.

Dixon requested an aerial unit with FLIR and MSHP Troop F deployed a helicopter to help with the search.

By Friday Holweg has somehow made it to the St. Louis area.

It was a tip that led police there where he was finally taken into custody.

“We had some information that led us to believe he was going to be in the area of Walmart in Eureka late last night so we sent a team down to meet up with the Eureka police department and through the course of that investigation were able to take him into custody,” said Dixon.

Holweg now faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor.

He is currently in the Osage County jail with no bond.

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