Search for man prompts school lockdown in Belfield

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 11:03 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Police say that 25-year-old Juan Bustamante, the man who prompted a lockdown of the Belfield Public School is not in custody, but has likely left the area and is now back in the Williston area.

They say Bustamante was involved in a vehicle accident on Highway 85 just north of Belfield Wednesday.

Police chose to place the school under lockdown since Bustamante is a wanted aggravated felon, and was known to have violent tendencies.

According to the North Dakota District Court website, Bustamante has several felony cases dating back to 2015, including an open case from Sept. 30 of this year out of Morton County.

Anyone with information on Bustamante’s whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement.

UPDATE: Police in Belfield say the man they are searching for stole a vehicle from the Williston area, and they have reason to believe he is in the Belfield area. They say the man has a history of violent tendencies. The man’s identity has yet be released. Police will release information as they learn more.

As of 2:45 p.m., the Belfield School Superintendent says that the school is still under a hard lockdown.

He says all after school activities have been canceled or postponed out of an abundance of caution, including afternoon preschool, athletic events, and the school board meeting.

The students will be dismissed at the end of the school day, with an increased law enforcement presence near the school.

ORIGINAL STORY: The search for a man in the Belfield area prompted a hard lockdown of the town's public school Thursday.

Belfield Police shared the man's mugshot on Facebook but did not release his name, or why they are looking for him. They say he is roughly 6'0", 180 lbs., with black hair and two separate identifiable neck tattoos. He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt. If any sees him they are urged not to approach him, but instead call 911.

Belfield Superintendent Daren Kurle confirmed the lockdown with Your News Leader. He said there is no incident at the school itself, and the students are not in any danger.

Kurle said that local law enforcement sent out a reverse 911 call to area residents. He said the students will be kept at the school until the lockdown order is lifted.

We will update this story as we learn more.​

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