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Goodhue man with multiple warrants arrested after jumping into Zumbro River

Brent Douglas Espenson, 32, of Goodhue. Photo courtesy Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies in Wabasha County took a Goodhue man into custody Thursday evening, June 29, after he jumped into the Zumbro River and floated for several miles, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a burglary call around 6 p.m. Thursday in the city of Millville, located east of Zumbro Falls, and were told a suspicious man was seen standing near the river at the edge of town, according to a news release. As they approached the man, identified as Brent Espenson, 32, he allegedly became agitated and jumped into the water.

Espenson was found nearly five hours later hiding on a small island and was arrested, at which time it was discovered he had warrants in multiple counties, according to the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office.

Espenson was being held in the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center in Red Wing as of Friday, June 30, on a warrant of second-degree assault, threats of violence and fifth-degree assault. Charges are pending in Wabasha County, and he also has warrants out of Olmsted, Steele and Morrison counties.

Zumbro Falls Fire Department, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office K-9 and Plainview Police Department also assisted in the search. No injuries were reported in the incident.

"This just goes to show you that you never know what you are going to get into in law enforcement. I am grateful for the safe capture and that no one was hurt," Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said in a news release. "The Zumbro Falls Fire Department did an amazing job with their boat in assisting us in getting Espenson across the river. Our guys did a fantastic job bringing this dangerous guy to jail."

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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