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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:00 pm

The fevered flight of a Kalispell man being chased by Flathead County deputies ended at the point of a rifle Thursday night when a plucky Evergreen couple captured him outside their home.

Michael and Amy Stephens were enjoying their evening when they first saw deputies speeding down West Cottonwood Drive in front of their home, and then overheard on their police scanner that the man being sought by police was believed to be across the street.

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          Welcome to the discussion.


          • libra42 posted at 6:49 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2013.

            libra42 Posts: 461

            Thank you, Michael and Amy! You are worthy of praise!

          • MWAC posted at 11:59 am on Mon, Jan 7, 2013.

            MWAC Posts: 36

            This has nothing, NOT ONE THING, to do with God.
            Praying is the laziest reaction possible to situations that require real ACTION to change. You just sit there on your couch and pray, it'll make YOU feel better, right? Like you did something? Thanks....
            It's education and consistent presence in our children's lives, not pretending to talk to a man that lives in the sky, that is going to change our world.
            Godly country? How is that going to change things? I prefer to teach my kids to do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because they're scared of being doomed to a fiery afterlife. Please. There's an alarm going off here, please listen.

          • Fast posted at 11:33 am on Sun, Jan 6, 2013.

            Fast Posts: 248

            There again we need to test people before they bless the HUMAN race with their PRODIGIES.

          • mom posted at 7:23 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            mom Posts: 629

            Sorry Jean I fear the godpeople tend to be the worst. And people just roll their eyes when I mention the Character First principles.
            No this would be a great story if the Stephenses had lured Elliot into their home under the pretense of helping him and then shot his (edit) buttass in um, self defense... but not with a hunting rifle, please, let's not get the gun ban kooks going.

          • jeancalvinus posted at 3:06 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            jeancalvinus Posts: 327

            there is not enough money or resources to keep them all locked up. period. we are already in the top 5 in incarceration rate per adult.

            the only solution is to become a more Godly country (like we once were).

          • JustUs4AllinMT posted at 2:59 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            JustUs4AllinMT Posts: 14

            After looking up his criminal record on https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/conweb/conwebLookup.cgi, under his full name of Jordan Lynn Elliott, it states he's been before Judge Stadler three times and Judge Lympus once for, OFFENSE: CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS DRUGS.

            Twice he was committed to the Dept of Corrections and twice his sentence was suspended, how many more times will he be allowed to commit crimes before he kills someone? You see, in this day and age, the criminal has more Due Process rights than the victims of crimes. Yet, you can be in politics, drive a boat drunk, injury your passengers and have your hands slapped and sent home in shame; that's what you call Just US.

          • mooseberryinn posted at 1:50 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2697

            Well done! One less bottom feeder to infest our town.

          • DJJackson posted at 1:16 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 740

            To bad he didn't get shot, would have saved us a lot of time and money and maybe the others out there would think twice about being slimy..

          • Red Green posted at 12:31 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Red Green Posts: 207

            Great job Amy and Mike!

            This story ought to be on the front page of every newspaper in the country. If more stories like this were publicized, there might be a few less idiots attempting to mess with our lives in less than honorable ways.

            The wider known it is that a community is widely armed, the less likely criminals are to settle into that community.

            Mike, maybe next time you step into the night when there's a known threat in the area, you'll take your sidearm along with that Streamlight. But I'm guessing those stitches in your face are already telling you that.

          • 888111 posted at 12:26 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            888111 Posts: 541

            great job probation dept and DA's office,has he seen prison yet,to bad he wasn't shot,i would of at least knocked his teeth out

          • nightmarehippiegirl posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            nightmarehippiegirl Posts: 11

            Well said, Squirrel!

          • ValleyGal posted at 11:30 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            ValleyGal Posts: 41

            Bird72 they included his picture! It's right there in the 5 images in the story! Good job Amy and Mike! It's nice to know I have people like you in my neighborhood!!!!

          • bird72 posted at 11:05 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            bird72 Posts: 108

            Great story, great job by citizens. But why does the Interlake not post felony adult bad guy pictures in a story like this and yet print minors pictures?

          • Squirrel posted at 10:52 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Squirrel Posts: 42

            Glad things turned out as they did - the couple kept their cool.
            For those of you chastising the judges for releasing jerks like this early - keeping people incarcerated costs money... unless you want to pay taxes to build and maintain prisons, this will keep happening. Not many alternatives... maybe executing criminals or even proactively breaking the chain of generational drug abuse and criminal behavior - but these come with their own costs. No easy answers - but oversimplifying the issue by blaming the local judges for early release is, well, simpleminded.

          • Mt-Hunter posted at 9:04 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Mt-Hunter Posts: 110

            Amy and Mike .. Great job getting this criminal off the street ! .
            Good thing that rifle isn't a semi- automatic, or you two would probably be on your way to gitmo bay right now . [scared][wink]

          • Partyer posted at 8:17 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            oops , I clicked on the wrong Elliot. Try this one:

          • Partyer posted at 8:12 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            Oh my, this poor young man is gonna get another couple years probation. Just when he was doing so well.

          • Fuzzball posted at 7:55 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Fuzzball Posts: 7

            These two vigilantes are terrorists! How dare they threaten this "innocent until proven guilty" gentleman with their assault weapon. They ought to be charged with...with...cruelty to animals or something. Oh wait...I'm channeling my inner idiot.

          • Pequot posted at 7:26 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            As Jen234 and james point out the sentencing of this cheap thug is farcical. The potential for criminals like Elliott to go over the edge and do some serious damage is ever present The law needs to be codified wherein judges are allowed less latitude in sentencing. If harm had come to the Stephens neither of the judges involved would accept responsibility. The state legislature needs to smarten up and face reality when it comes to dealing with criminals.

          • Jenr234 posted at 5:27 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            Jenr234 Posts: 14

            There is no reason why this man was still on the street.With as many offenses as he had,all these suspended sentences,concurrent sentences and probations,this man is a walking time bomb.Folks in Flathead County need to remember this when the next election for Judge comes up.This guy and the Judge who lets him out need a vacation down at Deer Lodge.

          • james posted at 2:37 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            james Posts: 516

            this guy has all kinds of suspended, probation's, etc. another case of the judges letting dangerous criminals run free instead of locking them up, probably was statler, the guy that assaulted me statler turned loose with absolutely no punishment was convicted in washington of attemted murder less than 6 months later

          • JT posted at 1:15 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

            JT Posts: 209

            There will never be anything safer for America than a well-armed, well-trained general population. Good job you two!

          • rach_36 posted at 11:22 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

            rach_36 Posts: 1

            I live right off of River Road on River Place and was going to the store to get my son some medicine. I always go out by Evergreen Gas & Deli and when i was rounding the curve noticed all the flashing lights. I was just getting turned around as the road was blocked off with all the police vehicles, when I saw the police putting a handcuffed man in their police vehicle. All i can say is thank you to the Stephens! I have two children and live just right around the corner where this happened. Knowing we have neighbors surrounding us like the Stephens makes me feel a bit safer!

          • Strider posted at 11:10 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

            Strider Posts: 433

            Good job, Michael & Amy.

          • 808sun posted at 11:07 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

            808sun Posts: 25

            Commend the Stephens- way to help get an undesireable off the streets.

            Condemn the judicial system that again has failed in keeping these criminals off!! Constantly reading of suspended or reduced sentences! Start laying the hammer down and get these drug addicts & law breakers attention!! Shame on the courts. The police do there job apprehending, the judge lets them go.


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