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Dabill apprehended after standoff

Richard Kirkpatric Dabill of Backus was arrested in the early hours of April 14 after several days of searching for him as a suspect in an April 11 incident.

Richard Dabill of Backus was arrested in the early hours of April 14 after law enforcement spent several days looking for him. Submitted Photo
Richard Dabill of Backus was arrested in the early hours of April 14 after law enforcement spent several days looking for him. Submitted Photo

Richard Kirkpatric Dabill of Backus was arrested in the early hours of April 14 after several days of searching for him as a suspect in an April 11 incident.

The April 11 charges included burglary in the first degree, assault on a person and threats of violence.

A statement of probable cause by the Cass County Sheriff Department states that on April 11 at approximately 2:40 a victim of a burglary near Backus was holding a burglar at knife point. While in route to the scene, deputies were informed that the suspect had fled the scene.

Police searched several nearby campers and wooded areas and were given tips that the suspect might be Dabill. In the meantime, other deputies got a statement from the homeowner.

The homeowner said he had returned home from work to find the suspect in his home. He held the suspect at knife point until the suspect struck him with a chair and fled. In a photo lineup the homeowner identified the suspect and said that the suspect threatened to kill him if the police were called.

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The search for the suspect continued until law enforcement received a tip at approximately 8:45 p.m., April 13 that Dabill was in a home east of Backus. The suspect was seen walking into the home.

After attempting to get Dabill to exit the residence with help from the homeowner who said the suspect was highly intoxicated, Dabill fortified a position in the attic of the residence against police, demanded a news crew and threatened to shoot police if they attempted to apprehend him.

Dabill was witnessed by deputies to be pointing what appeared to be a rifle out the attic window before the window was barricaded. Dabill then threatened to shoot police and burn down the home before setting fire to a pillow that was blocking the window according to the report.

Backus Fire crews and an ambulance were called to the scene and staged a safe distance away at approximately 11:17 p.m..

Deputies entered the home and made preparations to extricate Dabill in case the home did start on fire. Deputies located a set of stairs to access the attic, which Dabill had barricaded. The fire extinguished itself in this time. For some time Dabill continued making threats while demanding cigarettes, a news team and prosecution of a sergeant. Communication stopped and the sound of movement in the attic ceased after some time.

Deputies could eventually hear the defendant snoring. The Backus Fire Department provided a ladder which was used to access a window into the room. Three members of law enforcement used the ladder to reach the roof, where they were able to find the window nearest the suspect. Upon removing the barricade to the window, officers found Dabill. Attempting to subdue the suspect, an officer deployed his taser before entering the window to handcuff him.

After apprehending the defendant, officers found the weapon previously seen and identified it as a realistic looking pellet rifle with a wooden stock and iron sights.

Dabill faces three additional charges from April 13 and the early morning of April 14, including threats of violence, obstruction of the legal process with force and fleeing a police officer.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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