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Fugitive Wanted After Chase Caught

Associated Press - October 13, 2014 4:07 am

Hutchinson police have arrested a man following a standoff who they say eluded officers in a high-speed chase last week.

Police say 26-year-old Scott Lutz was caught hiding in an attic on Sunday. Authorities say he initially refused to come out and firefighters cut a hole in the roof. They say he eventually started a small fire in the attic but they didn’t say why.

Authorities had been searching for Lutz since the Wednesday chase.

Lutz was treated at a hospital for minor cuts and scrapes. No other injuries were reported. It’s unclear if he’s been charged.

Police say the suspect will be booked into the Reno County jail on previous outstanding warrants after his treatment. They say he faces five counts of aggravated arson and felony interference of an officer.

Lutz had ties to Ellsworth and Russell Counties. He was spotted in Ellsworth County Friday morning, but escaped. A manhunt ensued that prompted schools to take extra precautions, and a football game location to be changed.