Montana fugitive tries to escape into river

Montana fugitive tries to escape into river

John N. Stone

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by KTVB and Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 9:06 PM

GRANGEVILLE -- A Montana man wanted for attempted deliberate homicide and aggravated assault is under arrest in Idaho.

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office reports that 57-year-old John Navarro Stone of Fortine, Montana was arrested Monday afternoon at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, just over the Montana border near Powell Junction.

Authorities say an Idaho State Police Officer was able to identify Stone's license plate, and then connected him with an arrest warrant out of Lincoln County, Montana.

The Western News reports Stone is wanted in Lincoln County for the March 10th "severe beating" of a female companion.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Gittings says when deputies confronted him, Stone tried to escape arrest by jumping over a bridge into the nearby river, but deputies were able to stop him.

Authorities say the Idaho County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT) then took Stone into custody.

He's jailed in Grangeville, Idaho on $500,000 bail awaiting extradition to Montana.

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