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Missoula law enforcement searching for a fugitive believed to be dangerous

Cole Bates
Misoula Search
Posted at 1:08 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 16:55:36-05

(UPDATE, 2:54 pm) Cole Bates has been found and taken into custody without incident, according to the Sheriff's Office. They added: "Thank you to the community for providing information and all those that assisted in the search."

(1st REPORT) The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Cole Bates, who ran from law enforcement officers after being sentenced in a Missoula courtroom on Friday morning.

Deputies are now attempting to locate Bates, who is considered to be dangerous, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Anyone who sees Bates should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Bates is as 5'7", 165 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word KING on the front and a crown in white with black jeans. He may be in handcuffs and would appear handcuffed when facing him.

Due to the charge and sentencing, Bates is considered dangerous. Bates arrived for Missoula District Court of his own free will and was sentenced to 10 years on a charge of assault with a weapon.

After being sentenced, Bates was escorted to a patrol vehicle to be taken to the Missoula County Detention Facility. According to the Sheriff's Office, when the officer attempted to place him in the patrol vehicle, Bates broke free ran toward the Orange Street Bridge.