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Fugitive caught in downtown Elko

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ELKO – An Idaho fugitive who was seen running across a street in downtown Elko late Saturday night was arrested on multiple charges, but not until after he allegedly attempted to flee from police.

An Elko Police Department officer reported seeing a man running at Third and Idaho streets and then walking behind some buildings while “looking around as if attempting to avoid detection.”

The officer began conducting a security check of businesses in the area when he notice a man he recognized as Brock A. Simmons, 26, crouched down near a gazebo.

According to the officer’s report, he had encountered Simmons twice recently, during which Simmons identified himself each time as another person. After the second encounter, it was discovered he was not that person.

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Simmons allegedly attempted to use the false identity again, the officer said, apparently to avoid arrest on felony warrants. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted to the patrol vehicle, where he was searched.

Simmons reportedly fled while the officer was unlocking his patrol vehicle. He was pursued on foot until he stopped running.

Simmons was arrested on charges of possessing false ID information, failure to appear after bail on a felony crime, failure to appear after bail on a misdemeanor crime, escape by a felony prisoner, and fugitive felon from another state.

According to Elko County Jail records, Simmons has been arrested multiple times including in January on felony drug charges and a parole violation, in February 2020 for making a false statement to obstruct a public officer, and in September 2017 on felony drug charges.

Simmons was listed as an inmate by the Idaho Department of Corrections following his conviction on a burglary charge. His sentence was to end in September 2025 but he was released on parole in September 2019.

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