Within minutes of receiving a press release asking for the public’s help in apprehending a “very dangerous criminal”, Police Chief Monte Nelson said he was apprehended, “Investigators found him and followed him in the Farmington area”. Officers reported him in the ditch. On Monday Agents with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF) with assistance from Faribault Police and Rice County Sheriff’s Investigators, attempted to apprehend 32 year old Joshua Paul Barron of Northfield, for narcotics sales and suspected possession of a stolen vehicle in Burnsville. Barron smashed into police officers’ vehicles (nearly striking one Agent who was outside of his vehicle) allowing him to escape in a suspected stolen 2010 Chevy Silverado pickup bearing MN license Dealer Plate – 01343D. Several un-occupied vehicles in the parking lot were also damaged by Barron during his escape. Barron has a violent history including convictions for Felony Assault, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Fleeing the Police in a Motor Vehicle, and numerous other felonious crimes. He is also subject to pending criminal files in Rice and Steele Counties involving Theft, Possession of Narcotics, and Possession of a Handgun by a Prohibited Individual. Barron is also suspected of being involved in the multiple agency pursuit that ended last week in the city of Lakeville, involving another stolen vehicle pulling a stolen snowmobile trailer. He was traveling at speeds up to 98 mph. He struck vehicles in the Taylor Trucking office parking lot. Eventually police stopped the chase due to his complete disregard for others. Barron has an extensive criminal history dating back 15 years. Barron is in custody in Dakota County right now. We’ll have more on the story tomorrow.