Glencoe man arrested on Highway 25 in Pierz

A Glencoe man was arrested Tuesday at 8:15 p.m., in Morrison County, when a resident spotted him on Highway 25 near Pierz. The man, Nicholas Kopf, 26, matched a description given out when Kopf’s vehicle was discovered in Mayhew Lake Township, Monday. It was believed Kopf was armed and may have been dangerous.

Monday afternoon, about 3:30 p.m., the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle and found Kopf’s car parked in a swampy area of a field off the roadway on 55th Avenue Northeast. They learned that the Glencoe Police Department had issued an information alert to law enforcement concerning Kopf, and that Kopf was reportedly experiencing emotional issues which caused him to develop anti-law enforcement and anti-government beliefs.

Kopf had also allegedly made threatening remarks indicating he would resist any attempt by government or law enforcement to make contact with him. He had also allegedly made statements that he was in possession of several weapons.

Law enforcement conducted a search of the area on foot and by air, but did not find Kopf. Based on witness statements, law enforcement believed Kopf was on foot and may have intended to travel to the Brainerd area or other points north of Benton County.

A statement was issued Monday describing Kopf as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds and seen wearing a dark colored jacket and carrying a large green military style backpack. Law enforcement encouraged anyone who encountered Kopf to use caution and contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Kopf is currently wanted out of McLeod County for felony-level neglect of a child.