CENTER CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — Despite a massive search through a corn field in Chisago County for most of the day a wanted criminal is still on the loose.

Police are looking for 26-year-old Shawn Olthoff. The U.S. Marshall’s Office said it all began when they were attempting to serve a locate and arrest warrant on Olthoff in North Branch.

Authorities said he got into a black Monte Carlo and led them on a high speed chase west of town, which ended in a cornfield about five miles east of Cambridge.

With a state patrol chopper scouring overhead, deputies, troopers and U.S. Marshals worked on foot. But they were unable to find Olthoff, who evaded arrest and ditched his car in the corn field.

“We were watching TV in the morning and police came and raced across the cornfield and we said, that’s unusual,” said Bob Schmidt, a neighbor in the area.

Olthoff has a lengthy criminal record of burglary and firearms violations. Authorities said they think he may have been armed with a knife when he outran Marshals and slipped out of sight. Area homes and outbuildings were searched and neighbors were told to lock their doors.

“They told us about the armed fugitive and that his girlfriend was captured, what his description was and they were just going to each home,” said Shelly Schmidt, a neighbor in the area.

Riding atop a farmer’s combine, deputies had weapons drawn. Canine units worked the ground, hoping to get a scent trail. After exhausting all leads and the search coming up empty, authorities left the scene Friday afternoon.

Olthoff is believed to be a suspect in several armed robberies around the state.

Comments (20)
  1. TL the alligator says:

    …..simple….drive the cornfield as if he is a pheasant…..flush him out………….job done

  2. Hiulary says:

    ya, but he has no chance as he can’t fly like a pheasant-the ACLU will be involved

  3. billy tough as nails says:

    No one is taking down my corn until I’m ready off my property government workers.

    No warrant off my private property.

    We don’t need police or fire workers and I should add teachers.

    I’ll make a citizen’s arrest myself and lock him up in the pig pen. i have plenty of guns to defend my property.

    1. Tom says:

      billy…you are a moron…nuff said!

  4. Big Hammer says:

    “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”

    Then where is it?

  5. comment says:

    Funny a corn picker didn’t (pick him up) on those robbery charges

  6. Slim says:

    They should do like they did in North Dakota a few weeks ago…
    Start running combines through and he will be out of there in no time!

    BTW, is that Billytoughasnails for real? He’ll be the next one being hunted in the cornfield!

  7. Robbie says:

    He looks like a crackhead! But maybe he did the robbery so he can turn his life around.

  8. G Dog says:

    Agreed. Four combines with four sharpshooters ought to do the trick

  9. Murph says:

    When he does it again maybe he’ll be smart enough to buy an outfit of cornstalk camo? But he’d have to wait til about July first and learn how to belly crawl really fast! We” soon find if Shawn is tough as nails or just another sqealing boy toy for Bubba the Brute in cell 13!

  10. Black Guy says:

    Another White Fox Down . He will find a place to relax with other Blacks hopfully.

  11. tom says:

    Just take and walk around the corn field and burn it. problem solved

  12. jan says:

    I notice none of the usual racists are commenting on this one because the creep is white

    1. Just sayin... says:

      Well no matter what one thing is for certain, if he was black they would have just found him at the house smoking crack with his kids

  13. John says:

    the seat belt issue is a bigger problem for the area departments

    1. John says:

      Coffee breaks interupted

  14. Jeff says:


    The black ones always get caught don’t they!

  15. Terrica says:

    The sad part is that they had him at Oakview Plaza in North Branch,. I watched the whole thing from my Thrift Shop-Handy Angels. They had his girlfriend, who was driving intially, cuffed her and held her for a few minutes then let her go, she took off running past Napa. He slid into the driver’s seat and took off, almost came through the back door of the shop. Then he took off to the corn field. They had guns drawn on him and the car blocked by Marshall vehicles and he still got away! I don’t understand why they let the girlfriend go, or why they didn’t take him when they had the chance?

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