Brian Prettyweasel (8-31-20)

UPDATE 9/1/20: According to Chief Deputy US Marshal Rod Ostermiller, Brian Prettyweasel was arrested late Monday, August 31.

Brian Prettyweasel is wanted on warrants in Yellowstone County and is considered a person of interest in a theft and shooting near Shepherd on August 6. Prettyweasel is also a suspect in a vehicle theft and shots being fired from a vehicle in Big Horn County on August 7.

Ostermiller says Prettyweasel was tracked all over state, through reservations all the way to Butte. Prettyweasel was located in the drive-thru line of a Taco John's in Butte. He reportedly tried to back out and escape, but law enforcement was able to block him in and take him into custody without incident.

Prettyweasel is currently in custody in the Missoula County Detention Facility on a federal hold.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder says no charges have been filed against Prettyweasel in the attempted robbery incident in Shepherd. The investigation is ongoing.


Original BOLO Alert:

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a fugitive that may be in the Billings area.

Brian Prettyweasel is wanted on warrants in Yellowstone County and is considered a person of interest in Thursday’s theft and shooting near Shepherd. Prettyweasel is also a suspect in a vehicle theft and shots being fired from a vehicle in Big Horn County, early Friday morning.

The stolen vehicle was located this morning on private property off Thornton Rd. in Yellowstone County after a pursuit early this morning. The manhunt in the area ended after it was determined Prettyweasel and another male were transported to the area of Jackson Street and King Ave. East in Billings around 7:30 this morning.

Prettyweasel is described as a 32-year-old Native American over 6 feet tall, approximately 160 lbs.

He should be considered armed and dangerous and citizens are advised not to approach him. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or local law enforcement.


The photo originally provided to us for the BOLO was the wrong person. The YSCO provided updated information shortly after this story was posted. We regret the error.

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