Escapee captured near Forsyth


By Elaine Forman      

        A Billings man was captured in Rosebud County Monday after allegedly being on the run for five hours, and now he faces numerous charges.

Fred Cutsinger, 22, and Pablo Gonzales, 20, both of Billings, were arrested at 4:15 a.m. Monday in Colstrip by Colstrip Police Officer Kris Egan, according to Police Sgt. Cory Hert. 
The suspects were facing a charge of criminal trespass to property for allegedly entering the occupied apartment of Dennis Householder in Colstrip.
Egan was working alone and handcuffed both men behind their backs and placed them in the back of the patrol car. 
The two suspects allegedly rolled down the window and jumped out and ran, Hert said. 
Egan soon caught Gonzales, but Cutsinger was able to get away. 
The Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol responded.
At some point Cutsinger was able to get his handcuffed hands that were behind his back to in front of his body and allegedly stole an Oldsmobile Cutlass, belonging to Jesse Mendoza of Colstrip.
At about 8 a.m. Monday Sgt. Allen Fulton of the Rosebud County Sheriff's Office was responding to help in the search when he met the stolen vehicle on Highway 39, a few miles south of Interstate 94.
Cutsinger was allegedly driving, and he turned into a ranch yard and fled on foot while the car was still running, according to Rosebud County Undersheriff Arlan Thingvold.
Cutsinger was still in handcuffs and Fulton pursued him but lost him in the deep draws and timbered areas.
Residents and a county firefighter were on ATVs, assisting the highway patrol and sheriff's office in searching the rough, pine-covered hills. 
A few hours later siblings Desiree Pirtz, 26, and Bobby Pirtz, 22, spotted the suspect about 600 yards away on the neighboring property of Walt Tadson.
She called 911, and Cutsinger was captured at 11:30 a.m. about a half mile south of the interstate.
Cutsinger is now in the county jail in Forsyth and faces the following charges: two criminal trespasses to property, misdemeanors; escape, a misdemeanor; theft of a motor vehicle, a felony; driving while suspended, a misdemeanor; obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor; and habitual offender, a felony.

Published August 29, 2009

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