Five Teens Flee Mankato Police in Speeding Stolen Car, Then Run

(Mankato, MN) – Five teens were detained Sunday after allegedly fleeing Mankato Police in a stolen car and then on foot.

The Department of Public Safety says officers spotted the stolen Ford Focus going around 50 to 55 miles per hour on Madison Avenue just after 9:00am Sunday morning.  After a short pursuit with emergency lights activated, the vehicle crashed into a yard and some bushes in the 300 block of Dane Street near the MCHS Hospital.

The five occupants fled on foot, but were located by officers with help from the Minnesota State Patrol. Two were trying to hide in the vicinity. The other three were found in the open at a nearby playground.

Authorities say four juveniles were processed for multiple charges and released to their guardians. They were two boys, ages 15 and 17, and two girls, ages 13 and 15.

The other suspect, 18-year-old Tah’ Viaun Alanzae Long, was arrested and taken to jail. It’s believed his is the one who stole the car and was the driver.

Recommended charges include:  theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, fleeing a police officer, fleeing on foot, criminal damage to property and leaving the scene of an accident.

The vehicle had been stolen Saturday morning from the 100 block of Bradley Street. It had been unlocked with the keys inside.

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