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Wanted City Man Jailed After Morning Search

Jamestown Police Department P-J file photo

A wanted Jamestown man was taken into custody on an arrest warrant following the search of a city home where drugs and cash were also discovered.

Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the city SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at 44 Vega St. Inside, investigators found two men along with 26.7 grams of fentanyl, 38.4 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials and money.

One of the men inside was 35-year-old Eric R. VanGiesen, who was wanted out of Jamestown on charges of aggravated family offense, criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

An investigation remains ongoing, Jamestown police said in a news release, and further charges are expected. The other man located inside the Vega Street property was not identified.

In April 2020, VanGiesen was taken into custody following a pursuit involving a reported stolen vehicle that ended in a crash.

“Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle when the operator failed to comply and accelerated in an attempt to elude officers,” JPD said at the time. “Multiple traffic infractions were observed as the vehicle continued to travel throughout the city including traveling the wrong way down one-way streets multiple times almost striking several vehicles.

The pickup was seen traveling north on Liberty Street toward Falconer Street when it struck an unoccupied vehicle. The driver, later identified as VanGiesen, attempted to flee but was taken into custody.

In the truck police found 17 grams of concentrated cannabis.

VanGiesen at the time was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while ability impaired by drugs, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

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