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Police capture woman who walked away from work release this month

A Dickinson woman who had walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center while on work release earlier this month was located in Dickinson in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14, Dickinson police said.

Monique Muniz, 31, reportedly walked away from the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center on March 2.

Dickinson Police received a tip to a local hotel early Wednesday morning. Police said in a Facebook post that while they were conducting surveillance of the building, an alleged "attempt to ruse officers away from the area was made by an associate of Muniz in the form of a 911 call reporting a fight across town." Police said that call was quickly found to be false.

Police said a traffic stop was made on a vehicle leaving the hotel shortly after, and Muniz was located riding as passenger. She was taken into custody without incident. In addition to the escape, an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia is pending against Muniz.

In relation to the case, a 35-year-old Dickinson man, who was also riding in the vehicle, was arrested on a Stark County revocation warrant and for possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia. Additionally, police said a 17-year-old driver was summoned to juvenile court for hindering law enforcement.

Muniz was arrested in November 2017 after sending law enforcement on a pursuit through Belfield that ended with the vehicle she was driving hitting a tree.

Police had attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle for driving under suspension on or around Nov. 26. Police said she had stopped at first but then took off, and pursuit through the town ensued.

Muniz was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving vehicle damage, reckless driving, driving under suspension, refusing to halt, false reports to law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of meth and reckless endangerment in the case. She pleaded guilty to most of the charges in January.

Muniz did not enter a plea on the escape charge, which is a C felony, and indicated she would apply for a court-appointed attorney in the matter. Bond was set at $10,000 cash. Stark County assistant state's attorney Amanda Engelstad believed Muniz was a flight risk and said Muniz has a lengthy criminal history. She also noted that Muniz is originally from out of state.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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