Jerry J. Barnes, age 45 of Fairbury, Nebraska was arrested on January 29, 2018 for Alleged Resisting Arrest (1 Misdemeanor), Obstructing A Police Officer (1 Misdemeanor), Escape (4 Felony), Attempted Burglary (3 Felony) and Jefferson County Collections Warrant. Also arrested was Douglas Beu Age 48 of Fairbury, Nebraska on Jefferson County Collections Warrant.
On January 29, 2018 at approximately 1514 hours, officers with the Fairbury Police Department were dispatched to Maatsch’s Express on 14th Street reference a disturbance. Officers were informed that one of the subjects was Douglas Beu. Officers were informed that Beu had an active warrant out of Jefferson County.
When officers arrived, they observed a male subject exiting the store and walked around the corner of the building. The officer was informed that the male subject that walked out of the store was Jerry J. Barnes. The officers knew that Barnes also had an active warrant out of Jefferson County. When additional units arrived, they were directed to a white car on the eastside of the parking lot with a male subject inside who was identified as Douglas Beu. Beu was taken into custody without incident.
The officer looking for Barnes was contacted by the Jefferson County Dispatch Center and was informed that a male subject matching the description of Barnes was seen running behind K&D Liquor which is located in the 1300 block of E Street. When the officer arrived in the area, he observed Barnes near the area of 12th and D Street. The officer exited his patrol unit and told Barnes that he was under arrest. Barnes then took off running from the officer. Officers began chasing Barnes on foot and eventually losing sight of him. When additional units arrived to search for Barnes, he was located running west in between houses. Officers attempted to contact him in the alley behind the Fairbury City Museum but when Barnes saw the officer, he turned around and ran back eastbound. Officers observed him running southbound on A Street towards 11th Street. Officers caught up to Barnes at that location and assisted him to the ground. After a brief struggle, Barnes was taken into custody.
After Barnes was released to the Jefferson County Jail, the Fairbury Police Department received a call from a residence in the 1100 block of B Street reference an attempted break in. The officer was informed that a male subject, who was identified as Barnes, went to the back door of the residence and began banging on it. When the female answered, Barnes attempted to push his way into the house. The female kept holding him back but she was losing grip of him. After a short struggle, the families dog came charging into the back room towards the door. At that point, Barnes gave up and took off running from the residence. Barnes is being held with no bond and Beu has since posted bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
The Fairbury Police Department was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.