EAST MISSOULA – The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the man who has been on the run in the East Missoula area is now in custody.
The MCSO says that William “Billy” Dale Newhoff, 35, was arrested without incident at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday in East Missoula, and that they do not believe there is any further danger to the public.
The precautionary Shelter in Place for Bonner School has also been lifted. Normal operations and schedules will resume for the rest of Tuesday afternoon and evening. MCT practice and basketball practice will occur at normal times and buses will run as normal for the PM route.
EAST MISSOULA – Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott says that the armed suspect being sought in the East Missoula area fled authorities after the US Marshals Service attempted to take the man into custody on a warrant.
A helicopter has joined the search to find the suspect, who’s been identified as William “Billy” Dale Newhoff, 35. He’s wanted for a parole violation. Newhoff is a white male who stands 5’10” tall and weighs 215 pounds. He has red hair and hazel eyes and numerous tattoos.
State prison records show that Newhoff was convicted on forgery, burglary and theft charges in Missoula County.
Residents and businesses in the East Missoula area are being told to stay inside and lock their doors as authorities search for a suspect who’s described as armed and dangerous.
The lockdown at Missoula College and the nearby closure of the Kim Williams Trail have been lifted. The University of Montana Police Department had earlier sent out a tweet stating that “there is no indication the suspect is on campus, and the search area is focused in East Missoula. Closures and lockdowns are precautionary.”
Meanwhile, Bonner School has instituted a Shelter in Place precaution. According to a text sent to parents, “Classrooms and all exterior doors are locked with students remaining in classrooms and inside the building.”
A witness has told MTN News that there was a police chase that ended in the Dakota Avenue area of East Missoula. The fleeing vehicle also reportedly hit and damaged a home before a suspect fled on foot.
The suspect, who is described as being a white male, 30-to-40 years old with a slender build. The man was last seen wearing grey pants, black hoodie with grey sleeves and a grey hood with white writing.
The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.
Information from Connor McCauley included in this report.
Reporting by Mark Thorsell for MTN News