Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Rochester Police Department says a man with an active arrest warrant attempted to escape apprehension by calling in a fake shooting. 

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Communications Coordinator Amanda Grayson said officers on patrol encountered a running vehicle parked in the 200 block of 14th St. Northwest early Thursday morning. 

Officers determined the vehicle had ties to a man with an active arrest warrant in Steele County and decided to approach. 

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The vehicle had been shut off and was unoccupied when officers got to it, according to the police report

Wanted Rochester Man Found Hiding in Bushes After Fake Gunshot Report

Police began a search of the area for the wanted man, who was identified as 35-year-old Admir Vele


In an apparent attempt to get the officers out of the area, Grayson says the Rochester man called dispatch to report a shooting in a different part of Rochester. No shooting occurred, police say.

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The responding officers stayed in the area of the vehicle and found Vele hiding in bushes, police say.

Vele was arrested for the warrant and on suspicion of reporting a false crime to police, Grayson says.

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