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Mental health patient hijacks van near West Union

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crime Alexandria, 56308

Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

A patient being moved in a van from a state-run mental health facility in Fergus Falls to the Twin Cities overpowered the driver Wednesday morning along the route in Todd County and fled alone in the vehicle, authorities said.

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The suspect is identified as David Beutner, 37, who was heading from the Community Behavioral Health Hospital to "a locked facility in Anoka County," the Todd County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The driver was overpowered near West Union, east of Alexandria along Interstate 94, the Sheriff's Office said.

Beutner is described as white, about 6 feet 1 inches tall and 170 pounds. The vehicle is a gold 2005 Dodge van, with Minnesota license plate EA 7893.

Anyone who has information about the van or Beutner's location is urged to call law enforcement immediately.

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