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The Columbus Police Department on Tuesday morning released the name of the man who allegedly barricaded himself in a home he broke into along Third Avenue after fleeing from law enforcement during an attempted traffic stop earlier Monday.

Justin Dittmer, 35, was arrested and charged with being in possession of stolen property, driving during revocation, fleeing in a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, first-degree trespassing and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Capt. Todd Thalken told The Telegram on Monday evening that Dittmer may be a suspect in other current investigations, and a statement made from law enforcement on CPD’s Facebook said that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges are anticipated.

Officers at approximately 12:42 p.m. on Monday attempted to stop a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala believed to be stolen from Fremont, as previously reported by The Columbus Telegram. Thalken said the situation developed into a pursuit, causing the vehicle to skid off the road and crash in the area of Third Avenue and Air Vista Drive. Thalken said Dittmer fled the scene on foot along Third Avenue and allegedly broke into the home.

As a result, the street remained blocked off to incoming traffic and nearby residents were advised to remain indoors early Monday afternoon. Officers had the property surrounded and held their position with the assumption that the suspect was armed and dangerous.

Because of that assumption, released information from the department says that CPD requested the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) SWAT team. A search warrant was obtained to enter the home and with the assistance of the NSP SWAT team, Dittmer was subsequently arrested, charged and taken to Platte County Jail.

Corporal Darrel Rickert of the facility on Tuesday said that Dittmer was born in Columbus but is currently homeless and living in a vehicle. Rickert added that Dittmer has been booked and is expected to have a bond review in Platte County Court on Wednesday.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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