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Subject of Emmet County search apprehended

By Staff | Sep 11, 2020

The Emmet County Sheriff announced around 2:30 p.m. Friday that a male subject of a search south of Wallingford Thursday had been apprehended.

Press Release

The person wanted in regard to fleeing from a traffic stop in rural Emmet County yesterday is in custody this morning. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens the sheriff’s office received a call at 8:39am this morning from a citizen reporting that they had observed a person walking westbound in the 3900 block of 250th Street. A sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene within two minutes of that report, and encountered a man matching the description of the person wanted in regard to yesterday’s traffic stop and search effort. The man was subsequently taken into custody by the deputy. Additional personnel from the sheriff’s office and Emmet County Conservation arrived and secured the scene.

Investigation at the scene yielded additional items of evidence that were recovered by the sheriff’s office, leading to the discovery of additional crimes.

As a result, Joseph Haak age (45) of Johnston, Iowa was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree in regard to a burglary committed in Emmet County, Possession of Stolen Property 1st degree in regard to a stolen U-Haul from Sioux Falls, South Dakota that he had been driving, Theft 3rd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Driving, and Interference with Official Acts.

Haak remains in custody awaiting an initial appearance before the Emmet County Magistrate.

Investigation into the matter is continuing.

A charge is merely an allegation and all persons are innocent unless and until they are found guilty in a court of law.