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Federal marshals arrest fugitive in Three Forks

Posted at 3:03 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:02:04-04

BOZEMAN – A man wanted on a $500,000 warrant for theft and eluding law enforcement was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on Monday and now faces a further felony charge of burglary.

Shawn Arrants, 30, made his appearance in Justice Court on Wednesday for the burglary charge. He had also failed to appear at a sentencing hearing for a separate case on May 2; in that case, Arrants was accused of strangling a woman and threatening her with an assault rifle.

According to charging documents, Arrants was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Monday after federal agents with the U.S. Marshals Service located him inside a vehicle, in the garage of a Three Forks residence. He had earlier fled from the agents on foot.

The owner of the residence reportedly told the agents he did not know Arrants, did not know he was on the property, and had not given Arrants permission to be there or inside the vehicle.

Prior to Arrants’ arrest on Monday, District Court Judge John Brown had issued a $500,000 warrant for his arrest, after he ran from law enforcement while traveling from Belgrade to Butte on April 27. Evidence of stolen firearms was found in his vehicle after he abandoned it and fled on foot.

In Justice Court, Judge Rick West set Arrant’s bail at $500,000 for the burglary charge, concurrent with the District Court warrant.