Authorities have issued a warrant for a man involved in an hours-long standoff that started Thursday morning in Thief River Falls.

Eric James Reinbold, 38, Oklee, Minn., is being sought on three felony assault charges, according to a warrant of arrest filed Friday. He allegedly assaulted his wife and two children by repeatedly ramming a car they were in with his pickup at his home, according to court documents.

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Reinbold is still at large, Pennington County Sheriff Ray Kuznia said Friday. Kuznia added that he does not believe there is any danger to the public.

"We will continue to be out searching," Kuznia said.

The incident started at approximately 10:15 a.m. when Sheriff's Deputy David Olson responded to two 911 calls for a domestic dispute at a farm residence in rural Pennington County. Reinbold, who alleged his wife was "disturbed" or "on pills," made the first call, according to an incident report. He also claimed his wife had thrown a knife at him and his daughter the previous night. Reinbold said his wife had left the residence with their children, adding she might have a knife with her.

Reinbold's wife, who was later located unharmed with her children by law enforcement, told deputies that her husband told her he was going to call the cops and have her arrested, adding she didn't know why. She had attempted to leave the home with her two children in her car, but Reinbold blocked her with his pickup from leaving the entrance, she said.

U.S. Postal Service worker Glen Vettleson, who was passing by the residence delivering mail and made the second 911 call, told law enforcement he had observed the pickup ramming the car. As the car pulled away, the pickup drove after it, Vettleson said in the report.

Responding to the initial calls, Olson arrived at the residence and found the residence empty, and left. Reinbold later called the dispatcher back and said he was at the residence. Olson returned to the residence, but there was no answer.

Olson then heard Reinbold yell at him from the woods, according to the report. He was unable to make contact with Reinbold, who said he had attempted to put his wife under citizen's arrest and did not want to be placed under arrest himself.

Olson asked Reinbold to step out of the woods and speak to him, as he was not under arrest at the time, Olson said. Reinbold said he would come out of the woods but would not put his weapon down. That's when Olson moved back to cover and called for assistance.

A perimeter was then set up as other units arrived at the scene. Police made multiple attempts to reestablish contact with the individual but were unsuccessful.

In the early evening, officers decided to enter the residence, and a thorough search of the house and buildings produced no signs of the subject, according to the department. Law enforcement were at the scene for more than 12 hours.

Thief River Falls Police, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Red Lake County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also responded to the scene.

Reinbold faces seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine for all three felony counts. Anyone with information on Reinbold's whereabouts are encouraged to call (218) 681-6161.

 

Kevin Bonham, Charly Haley and Wade Rupard contributed to this article.