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U.S. Marshals nab one of Douglas County's most wanted

Kyle Ray Cribb faces a 2014 charge of sexual assault of a child under 16.

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One of Douglas County’s most wanted has been found. Kyle Ray Cribb, 27, was taken into custody Nov. 4 by U.S. Marshals in Colorado Springs, according to a post on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Facebook site.

“It’s great news to hear of his arrest after all these years,” said Sheriff Tom Dalbec.

Cribb’s case dates back to 2014, and he has been featured on the department’s “most wanted” list for years. He faces one felony charge of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. The charge was filed in Douglas County Circuit Court Sept. 11, 2014, with a warrant for Cribb’s arrest. He has yet to make a court appearance for the case. The last address listed for Cribb in online court records was in Pine City, Minnesota.

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Kyle Ray Cribb

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“It’s a great feeling for the sheriff’s office as a whole to know that all of the time and hard work that went into this case is finally coming to fruition and the suspect will be held accountable,” Dalbec said.

Cribb will have to appear in court in Colorado and waive extradition before he can be transported back to Douglas County. Dalbec said he expects it will take about two weeks before Cribb appears on the Douglas County Jail roster.

Five men remain on the most wanted list, including Eric James Eskola, 56, formerly of Superior, who faces two counts of first-degree child sex assault. As with Cribb, he has yet to make an initial appearance in court on the 2015 case. According to the sheriff’s department website, a federal warrant was issued for Eskola for production and manufacturing of child pornography.

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Eric James Eskola

The other cases are more recent: Three are 2019 cases and one was filed in 2020.

  • Colten Michael Borgh, 27, of Duluth faces felony counts of domestic strangulation and suffocation and second- and subsequent offense of marijuana, as well as misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, theft, and resisting or obstructing an officer. He attended hearings for the 2019 case, but a bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear for a June 12, 2020, plea hearing.

  • Joey John Enger, 35, of Blackduck, Minnesota, faces one felony count of vehicle operator flee/elude officer and an ordinance violation for reckless driving. The complaint was filed in August 2019 and Enger made an initial court appearance that November after being returned on an arrest warrant. According to online court records, that was his only appearance. A bench warrant was issued and the $2,500 cash bond he posted was forfeited.

  • A trio of cases were filed in 2019 against Jeremy Roy Flahaven, 51. He faces felony counts of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, fourth-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and bail jumping as well as misdemeanor counts of theft by contractor, operating while revoked and failing to install an ignition interlock. He failed to appear for a hearing Nov. 26, 2019, and a bench warrant was issued.

  • Gary Allen Howen Jr., 50, of South Range, faces felony charges of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated and seventh-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and one misdemeanor count of operating while revoked. A bench warrant was authorized for Howen when he failed to make his Dec. 8 2020 initial appearance.

Cases make the most wanted list based on the severity of the charges and once the department feels they have exhausted all their leads, according to Dalbec.
“The Most Wanted link on our webpage, and the website in general, are a great way to get information out to the public,” he said. “The public/law enforcement area works best when we work together.”

Anyone with information on the most wanted list can contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office 715-394-4432 or 911.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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