Missing Cloquet man arrested in RenoA Cloquet man who was reported missing by his family in January, and who is wanted for questioning by law enforcement, was arrested by law enforcement in Reno, Nev., last week.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet man who was reported missing by his family in January, and who is wanted for questioning by law enforcement, was arrested by law enforcement in Reno, Nev., last week.
John Edwin Bemis III, 37, was reported missing by his family two days after his ex-wife, Marie Majerle, was arrested and charged with attempted homicide for shooting her estranged husband, Richard Alan Majerle, in the upper chest at his home in the Erickson Acres neighborhood of Cloquet.
Marie Majerle was also charged with removing or altering a serial number on that firearm.She had been staying with Bemis and their 14-year-old daughter prior to the shooting. Police had searched the Bemis residence the day after and discovered a drill press with fresh metal shavings “consistent with the gun where the serial numbers were shaved off,” Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler told the court when Marie Majerle was arraigned.
Bemis disappeared the next day, taking with him a large amount of cash, a truck and an ATV and leaving behind the teenage daughter he shares with Majerle.
Although the daughter has been living with family friends since then, on Jan. 30, Pertler filed charges against Bemis for gross misdemeanor charges of child abandonment. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Department issued a warrant for Bemis with a U.S. pickup, according to Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake.
Bemis was spotted in April in California, where he’d been living at a state park, but had departed before the sheriff’s department there could pick him up. Then Pertler got word Friday Bemis had been picked up on the warrant and was in custody at the Washoe County Jail in Nevada.
An extradition hearing set for Wednesday was postponed until Thursday, June 20, because the paperwork wasn’t complete, Pertler said Wednesday afternoon, adding that he didn’t know how long it would take for the extradition process in Nevada.
“Myself and the sheriff will make arrangements to have him transported back to Minnesota [after the extradition hearing is complete],” Pertler said, adding that he hadn’t seen any of the police reports from Reno yet.
The county attorney said he had notified Bemis’ family that Bemis was alive and well and in custody.
“Even though he’s finally been found, it doesn’t signify the end of his legal proceedings,” Pertler said.
A pretrial hearing for Majerle Wednesday afternoon resulted in no official action in that case; instead the case was set for a settlement conference June 28.
Bemis is not an official suspect in the Majerle case, Pertler said previously.