Fugitive arrested after late night food order, police say

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) — A Nebraska man fleeing police was arrested after placing a late-night food order, and restaurant staff recognized him as a fugitive.

Police say Dylan Landa, 21, was arrested outside a restaurant in North Platte around 11:25 p.m. Friday after evading law enforcement for more than 16 hours. He was accused of shoplifting a red camo hoodie from a Flying J truck stop around 7am.

Police say Landa was spotted shortly after the robbery but fled from a Lincoln County deputy. He allegedly stole a car, then abandoned it and ran again, KNOP reports.

At 9 a.m., the search for Landa was called off.

Law enforcement considered the possibility that he was “armed and dangerous”, but later said he had never used violence. They added that anyone who acts erratically is considered potentially armed and dangerous.

When Landa placed a food order on Friday night, the restaurant team recognized him. They told him his order was wrong and contacted law enforcement.

Landa was not alone at the time. He was driving a white car with a passenger, who was also taken into custody.

Landa’s records show he was booked on Friday. He faces charges of resistance officer, theft by unlawful taking of $0 to $500, two counts of contempt of court, forgery (first degree) and burglary.

Authorities say Landa has a history of drug use and imprisonment.

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