Armed Idaho Homeowner Ends Manhunt For Escaped Prisoner [VIDEO]

Chuck Ross | Reporter

A large manhunt in northern Idaho for an escaped prisoner with a history of violence came to an end Thursday after a homeowner shot and wounded the man on his property.

Roy Bieluch had absconded from Shoshone County jail Tuesday while on cleaning duty. He entered a crawl space through the ceiling of a utility room and made his way into the jail lobby, KREM reported.

The 48-year-old Bieluch grabbed a female employee’s purse as he ran out of the jail. He was also aided by a female accomplice who was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Bieluch, who had been in jail since December on charges of burglary, malicious injury to property and petty theft, wound up at the home of a man living outside of Wallace, Idaho, a town of about 800 people.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the homeowner responded to his dog barking wildly. Armed with a handgun, the man went to see what was going on, according to KXLY.

The homeowner confronted the escapee, called 911 and ordered him not to move. But Bieluch didn’t listen and began moving toward the homeowner. The man fired multiple times, striking Bieluch in the leg at least once.

Bieluch, who is believed to have ties to the white supremacist group Aryan Nation, was taken back into custody and transported to the hospital.

Shoshone County jail surveillance video of Roy Bieluch escaping

Shoshone County jail surveillance video of Roy Bieluch escaping

According to KHQ, Bieluch was arrested in October for a variety of offenses including felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Police found multiple firearms with Bieluch at the time of that arrest.

Bieluch’s Aryan Nation ties are documented in jail records, KXLY reported. The records mention an incident in which Bieluch got into a fight with six African-Americans in jail and drove a pipe into one of their heads.

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