Wanted man found hiding under mattress in open garage

Allegedly stole vehicle, at large for over a year        

Storm Lake Police were on location Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Highway Street when they saw a vehicle that was wanted in connection with an investigation by the Cherokee Police Department.

Police saw a 2014 Subaru with Minnesota dealer registration parked at 120 Highway Street #2.

Storm Lake Police had previously been asked by Cherokee Police to watch for the vehicle and attempt to identify the occupants.

The vehicle was empty when police checked it and after the checking the apartment complex, police saw a male, who witnesses say had been driving the vehicle, flee from apartment #2.

Police pursued the subject on foot and found him hiding under a mattress in an open garage behind a residence at 121 Kenzy St.

The man was identified as Michael Lee, 54, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Police learned that Lee had absconded from parole from the South Dakota Department of Corrections by walking away from the Yankton, S.D. Correctional Facility on Feb. 8, 2013.

He had been at large for over a year.

Warrants were issued charging Lee with parole violation in reference to forgery in South Dakota.

During the investigation police determined that the Subaru Lee was driving was stolen from a dealership in Hermantown, Minn.

The vehicle had a $30,000 value. The vehicle was impounded.

Police charged Lee with possession of stolen property, interference with official acts and public intoxication.

He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail where he is being held on the Storm Lake charges and awaiting extradition back to South Dakota.