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Stolen vehicle pursuit ends in manhunt for possible murder suspect

NAVAJO, New Mexico

A stolen vehicle led to a high speed pursuit that ended near the community of Navajo on Wednesday evening.

According to Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco, the pursuit began in Window Rock.

Francisco said one of the suspects was thought to be a murder suspect, but the possible sighting was not able to be confirmed because there was not enough information or a description available. He said the suspect, along with three other occupants, crashed their vehicle near mile marker 37 on Navajo Route 12, south of Navajo.

Pursuing police then began a foot pursuit that led them into rugged terrain, east of the highway, the chief said.

Francisco said officers followed footprints into the mountainous terrain before ending the chase.

Since police could not positively identify if one of the occupants was a murder suspect they were seeking, Francisco said they were ending the call.

A helicopter from thenSan Juan County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist in the search.

Navajo Nation Rangers were also called to assist as well.

No arrests were made.

Francisco said no injuries were reported. He also added for community members to “remain vigilant” and to make sure to lock their doors and vehicles. And to call police if they see any suspicious activity.


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