UPDATE: Bismarck police find attempted murder suspect

James Jarrell Vann.
Photo via Bismarck Police Department
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MANDAN, N.D. — Authorities located James Jarrell Vann at a home in Mandan and they arrested him at about 7:35 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in the 3200 block of Twin City Drive.

BISMARCK — Bismarck police are looking for a man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorizing.

Police received information on the whereabouts of 38-year-old James Jarrell Vann late Thursday, July 14, and that tip led them to a location in south Bismarck, according to a news release from the Bismarck Police Department.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, officers tried to make contact with Vann, and he sped away in a vehicle. After a short chase, officers decided to end the pursuit because of concerns about public safety, police said.

Soon afterward, tips from residents helped officers find the vehicle, which was unoccupied.


Around 9:30 p.m., a man matching Vann's description was seen running west near North 35th Street/East Divide Avenue. A reverse 911 alert advised residents in the area to shelter in place. The alert was lifted when police believed Vann was no longer in the area.

Vann was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a large white Adidas logo on the chest, gray pants and possibly a dark-colored backpack. He is a Black man who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, police said.

Police say they consider Vann to be armed and dangerous. Residents are advised to contact law enforcement right away and to not approach him if they see him.

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