A Sioux Falls, S.D., man is facing two felony charges after a carjacking altercation in Wahpeton over the weekend.
Matthew Dumarce, 30, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 14, after he abandoned a vehicle he had taken at knifepoint.
Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said his department received a call from the victim at 4:55 a.m. The citizen reported to police he was approached by two subjects who eventually took his van after threatening him at knifepoint in the 1300 block area of 12th Street North in Wahpeton.
After learning the victim was not harmed, Thorsteinson said responding officers located the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued. The van eventually became stuck and one lone suspect abandoned the vehicle.
The suspect, Dumarce, reportedly fled the scene, going east and crossing into the Minnesota side. Dumarce was eventually captured with assistance from the Breckenridge Police Department and the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office. During a search of the area authorities also found a knife that matched the description given by the victim, Thorsteinson said.
Dumarce was taken to the Wilkin County jail and now faces charges in Richland County which include robbery, a class B felony that can carry 10 years, a $20,000 fine or both and fleeing, a class C felony which can carry a five-year sentence, a $10,000 fine or both.
Dumarce also faces a charge of driving under suspension, a class B misdemeanor, which can carry a 30-day sentence, a $1,000 fine, or both.
Thorsteinson added that investigating officers still have follow-up work to do at this time. The chief said even though there were two subjects at the beginning of the ordeal, they don’t know if the other person did anything wrong.
“It doesn’t mean that both of them were involved in a crime,” Thorsteinson said.