The U.S. Marshals Service has initiated a nationwide manhunt for a local fugitive considered to be armed and dangerous.
The U.S. Marshals Service announced Tuesday that it has issued an arrest warrant for Samiir Blade Afraid of Bear, 27, of Fort Hall, who has been identified as a suspect in multiple recent criminal incidents in eastern Idaho and has failed to appear in court after being charged with numerous felonies.
If you spot Afraid of Bear, contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 208-317-2904 or 877-926-8332 and do not approach him under any circumstances.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Afraid of Bear failed to appear in court on charges of burglary, robbery and aggravated battery in connection to his alleged role in a Jan. 1 robbery of the Short Stop convenience store in Bingham County.
In January, Afraid of Bear was arrested in Blackfoot for the robbery and remained incarcerated in the Bingham County Jail until he posted $7,500 in bail March 3 and was released, police said.
After Afraid of Bear failed to appear at his April 5 pre-trial court hearing for the robbery, Bingham County issued a warrant for his arrest April 8, police said.
On May 28, authorities in Bannock County arrested Afraid of Bear and charged him with one count of petit theft in connection to an April 3 incident. Afraid of Bear posted his $300 bail and was then released from the Bannock County Jail on May 28.
Then on July 5, Afraid of Bear was one of three suspects involved in an attempted carjacking and ensuing high-speed chases through multiple eastern Idaho counties, police said.
The July 5 incident involved Afraid of Bear allegedly attempting to enter a woman’s vehicle while she was parked in the parking lot of the T.J. Maxx retail store in Ammon. Authorities said Afraid of Bear was unable to enter the woman’s car because all of its doors were locked, but that didn’t stop him from knocking on her vehicle’s windows while another suspect approached.
The woman called 911 and responding Bonneville County sheriff’s deputies were able to identify the suspects in a parked vehicle in the T.J. Maxx parking lot. When the deputies ordered the suspects to exit the vehicle, Afraid of Bear remained seated in the car as the suspect driving the vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed, according to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.
Bonneville County sheriff’s deputies initially pursued the car that Afraid of Bear was in, but the deputies stopped the pursuit for safety reasons when the driver of the car started driving into oncoming traffic, authorities said.
A few hours later, Bingham County sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspects’ vehicle traveling on Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and initiated a pursuit.
A high-speed chase ensued with the Bingham County deputies chasing the suspects’ vehicle into Bannock County.
Bannock County sheriff’s deputies soon joined in the vehicular chase, which eventually ended at the top of Rapid Creek Road north of Inkom when the suspects ditched the car and fled on foot into the mountainous terrain.
Afraid of Bear was apprehended a short time later on July 5, detained, questioned and later released from Bingham County Sheriff’s Office custody.
Afraid of Bear faces one count of misdemeanor attempted unlawful entry in Bonneville County for his alleged role in the attempted carjacking.
Additionally, Afraid of Bear is a person of interest in relation to a July 13 theft incident at the Radio Shack on Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello, police said. Nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the store during the incident.Afraid of Bear, who’s Native American, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Afraid of Bear has tattoos on his forearms and face as well as acne scarring. A tattoo near his right eye appears to be an X or a cross, the U.S. Marshals Service said.