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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Idaho man arrested in North Dakota homicide

  • Williston police had issued an arrest warrant for Jonathan Peter Horvath, 46, for reckless endangerment and murder in the slaying of Derrick Siegel, 28, of Williston.
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  • An Idaho man suspected in the fatal shooting of another man outside a Williston, N.D., bar was arrested Monday near Billings, Mont.
    Williston police had issued an arrest warrant for Jonathan Peter Horvath, 46, for reckless endangerment and murder in the slaying of Derrick Siegel, 28, of Williston. Siegel died at a hospital after the shooting about 1 a.m. Saturday.
    Rod Ostermiller, the U.S. Marshal's Service chief deputy for Montana, told the Williston Herald that officers arrested Horvath Monday afternoon. Horvath was spotted in a field west of Billings and officers responded to make the arrest after what Ostermiller called a "sizable manhunt."
    Agencies across the region worked together to track down and arrest Horvath, Ostermiller said.
    "When you have somebody that's being accused of homicide and he's on the loose and on the run, I think it goes without saying that the agencies come together to make sure the public stays safe and the individual is apprehended," Ostermiller said.
    Authorities said Horvath had recently moved to the Williston area from Sandpoint, Idaho.
    Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Sam Bofto said authorities received a tip Sunday that Horvath was dropped off in the Billings area after hitchhiking. Horvath apparently befriended someone in the area and stayed at a home in the Billings area, but a neighbor recognized Horvath and called authorities, Bofto told the Billings Gazette.
    Ostermiller said the sheriff's office took the lead in tracking down Horvath, but a number of law enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota cooperated in the effort. Agencies involved in Monday's arrest included the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshal's Service, members of a city-county special investigations unit and the Laurel Police Department.
    "They were all in the right place at the right time to catch him," Ostermiller said.

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