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Authorities warn armed felon may be headed to St. Paul Park

Eric T. "Buck" Hall. 1 / 2
A burglary and auto theft suspect believed to be Eric T. "Buck" Hall. 2 / 2

Authorities say an armed felon fresh from prison and suspected in burglaries and vehicle thefts in Wisconsin may be headed to St. Paul Park.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a release Monday that Eric T. “Buck” Hall, 38, was suspected of committing two burglaries, stealing vehicles and possessing two stolen guns with more than 200 rounds of ammunition following his June 10 prison release.

Hall may have been headed to St. Paul Park, due to a connection he has there, according to information from the Chippewa County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said Hall also may be headed to Vilas County, Wisconsin, where he has had an ongoing child custody dispute with an ex-girlfriend.

The alert came after an apparent three-day crime spree.

The sheriff’s office attempted to stop a truck in Chippewa County early Friday that had been reported stolen from River Falls, Wisconsin, where a grocery store and restaurant also had been burglarized that morning. The driver of the truck ran from the scene after crashing in a wooded area. Multiple law enforcement agencies searched but could not find him.

Surveillance video showed a man who appeared to be Hall filling the truck with gas in Cadott, Wisconsin, before the attempted traffic stop.

On Saturday, two vehicles were reported stolen to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office; each contained a gun and ammunition. A third vehicle, a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado, was reported stolen in New Auburn, Wisconsin, on Sunday and had not been located by Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections issued a felony warrant for Hall’s arrest. Hall is described as a white male weighing 170 to 190 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches. He wears glasses and has numerous tattoos.

“Please use caution if you encounter Eric Hall,” the sheriff’s office said in a law enforcement bulletin. “It is obvious Eric Hall is taking whatever actions necessary to avoid apprehension.”

Any information about Hall should be directed to Chris Kowalczyk, lead investigator with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, at 715-726-7714.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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