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Muscatine County Sheriff Looking For Escaped Juvenile

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It started Saturday, and the search is still on going.

A Muscatine County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull over what turned out to be a stolen car at two in the afternoon on Saturday.

The car didn't stop, kicking off a high speed chase.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Department says the suspect is 15 year old Fredlee Bateman.

He's an escapee from the Iowa Boys Training School in Eldora, and the sheriff's office believe he's the one responsible for the high speed chase and theft of a pickup truck and rifle.

The neighborhood where the thefts occurred is remote and one neighbor says the whole story is shocking.

"I was very surprised, it's very safe out here, very quiet, very nice neighborhood, we never have any break ins or anything like that," says neighbor Annetta Elgatian.

It started on Saturday, a Muscatine Sheriff's deputy clocked a car going 71 m.p.h at Mulberry and Highway 61, a little fast in a 55 m.p.h zone. The driver didn't stop and the chase was on.

The Sheriff's office says the suspect sped up to 110 m.p.h at one point, eventually crashing into another vehicle near Highway 61 and Oakview Drive. The department says Bateman got out and ran off. A Culver's employee nearby says she saw an officer chasing a man through the fields behind the restaurant, but the search came up empty.

"I pulled out of my house about 5 o'clock that evening and there were two police officers, one parked in each direction, so I stopped and asked them, is there anything I should be concerned about, I live right there and they said we have a fugitive that there's been a high speed chase, we have 15 officers out and we'll catch him don't worry about it, you don't have anything to worry about," says neighbor Annetta Elgatian.

She felt safe in her neighborhood. She's got kids, a couple dogs, and an alarm system at her home.

"(I) keep it set all the time, just for safety, just because we are in the country, and we're a little bit more remote," says Elgatian.

Police believe Bateman broke into a home behind where Elgatian lives, which is straight north of the accident. Police say Bateman stole a rifle and a truck on Sunday morning. Neighbors didn't want to go on camera, but tell TV-6 three houses were broken into. One neighbor even saw the pickup truck driving away at 11 in the morning.

"I assumed they caught him very quickly and obviously that's not the case," says Elgatian.

No one expected anyone to get into three homes and get out again, without getting caught.

Cedar Rapids police say they found the pickup truck Monday afternoon in an alley on the southeast side of the city.

The department couldn't release any more information because the case is still active.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information on Bateman's location to call their local police.

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