Dodge County Sheriff's Office apprehends Fond du Lac fugitive
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Dodge County Sheriff's Office apprehends Fond du Lac fugitive

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Royal Oaks Motel scene (copy)

A Wisconsin State Patrol squad car parked at a motel on the east side of Horicon on Thursday morning when police were searching the area for a man wanted on several warrants.

A Fond du Lac man who eluded law enforcement Thursday morning was taken into custody without incident at 8:58 p.m. Thursday by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

Richard D. Erdmann, 35, fled the Royal Oaks Motel, W4419 Highway 33, in the town of Hubbard when officers tried to make contact with him around 8:30 a.m., police said.

He escaped to an adjacent marsh and was unable to be located due to the very wet terrain.

According to a press release, a Wisconsin State Patrol aircraft equipped with cameras was called to assist in searching. Media aircraft in the area hindered the safe operation of the State Patrol aircraft, so that part of the search was abandoned. The sheriff’s office and other agencies utilized drone technology to search the area, along with K-9 units and other law enforcement on the ground.

Erdmann was wanted on multiple felony warrants.

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