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Beatrice Becomes Focus of Manhunt

The U.S. Marshall Service, Gage County and Marshall County Authorities are continuing to look for Kyle D. Joekel age 27 of Nebraska. Joekel is wanted by Marshall and Gage County Law Enforcement Officials for various charges.  Most of the charges are related to an incident that occurred on Sunday evening.

According to law enforcement reports Joekel was at a bar in Barneston and made several statements that he intended to find and harm a law enforcement officer. 

At 8:20 in the evening Marysville police located a pickup with Joekel inside and started a pursuit. Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the pursuit and followed the pickup into Oketo where it wrecked. The pickup hit two parked vehicles and pushed a vehicle into a house owned by the Daryl Cook family. The home was occupied at the time of the collision; the occupants left the house unharmed.  

Joekel, the driver, fled on foot. Marshall County Sheriff Dan Hargrave stated approximately 40 law enforcement officers searched for Joekel on Sunday evening. Tuesday morning Sheriff Hargrave said that the official search in the Oketo area was ending.  He said patrols would continue in the area and deputies would continue to investigate any leads received.  Sheriff Hargrave said Joekel had family and friends in the Beatrice area and is likely in that area.  He also confirmed that David Schwartz, a passenger in the pickup had been released and no charges were filed against him.

Gage County Sheriff Gus Gustafson said the Gage County Sheriff’s office is working with the U.S. Marshall Service to locate Joekel.  He reported the Beatrice Police Department searched a residence in Beatrice.  They did not find Joekel.  Sheriff Gustafson asked for the public’s help in locating the Joekel. 

The suspect at large is Kyle D. Joekel, 28 of Beatrice.  Any information concerning the whereabouts of this individual please contact Gage County Crime Stoppers at 402-228-4343. This individual is not to be approached. He is a white male, 5’10”, 135 lbs with blue eyes and short blond/reddish hair, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  His photo is posted at Kndyradio.com and Kndy on Facebook.

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