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The search continues for a suspect in a reported home invasion in Fredericktown Tuesday evening.

According to the Fredericktown Police Department, officers are seeking Glenn O. Frick. He is thought to be armed with a .357 magnum revolver. 

Frick, 47, was last seen Wednesday morning in the wooded area behind the Fredericktown Animal Hospital on Business Route 67.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Frick. He is charged with first degree burglary and armed criminal action. A cash-only bond has been set at $100,000.

According to court documents, on Jan. 9 the suspect reportedly went into a home in the 300 block of East College Street. Two women who lived there came home to find Frick inside the home. He reportedly pointed a rifle at one of the women and told her that he did not want to hurt her and just wanted her car.

The report said during the incident Frick also pointed a pistol at the other woman before leaving. He took a glass piggy bank from the home that held nearly $200 in cash or coins.

The police department has been in touch with Mark Wardlow of Southeast Missouri Behavior Health in order to have a health facility bed ready for Frick once he has been arrested in order to evaluated his mental state.

"Once found, Frick will be immediately transported to the behavioral health hospital so that he may be properly treated for his condition," Fredericktown Police Chief Eric Hovis said.

According to the police department, Frick made contact with a local man about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday requesting to use his cell phone. The resident allowed Frick to use the phone. Police were able to acquire an emergency search locator through the phone company to locate the phone.

This led to the wooded area behind the Fredericktown Animal Hospital. Hovis contacted the state prison search and rescue dog team for assistance. Prior to their arrival another resident contacted authorities saying he had spotted someone matching Frick's description behind his home off County Road 262.

Once the dogs began to track Frick's scent behind the Fredericktown Animal Hospital, he was spotted by authorities some 50 yards ahead of them and was last seen running in a northerly direction.

The Fredericktown Fire Department assisted with the use of its thermal imaging cameras, however they were still unable to locate Frick. Searchers have not been able to use air assistance the past two days due to weather conditions.

Frick was also seen Wednesday morning in the wooded creek area behind Pense Brothers Drilling Co.

Police responded to the area behind Pense Brothers Drilling Co. for a report of contact with Frick. Employees said he was spotted inside one of the company's vehicles on the back lot next to the creek.

Employees said they spoke with Frick, asking if he needed any help. Frick responded saying the union is "trying to kill me." He then fled on foot toward the creek area and disappeared into the tree line.

When officers arrived on the scene, an AR 10 308-caliber rifle was seized from the vehicle. The rifle was seemingly the same one displayed in the home invasion which prompted the search.

In an effort to keep the community safe, the Fredericktown Police Department has been conducting extra patrols. Fredericktown School District buildings were placed on a community lockdown for the second consecutive day.

"After receiving this new information, a phone call was made to our school district," Hovis said earlier in the week. "Superintendent (Reutzel) placed the schools on a community lockdown until further notice and while active searches of the area are being conducted."

"I spoke with Hovis this (Wednesday) morning and since they had not found (Frick) yet it was decided to go ahead with the lock down," Superintendent Brett Reutzel confirmed. "It was for precautionary reasons."

Hovis assured the community that resource officers are placed at the schools every day and not just when a situation like this occurs.

"I along with other officers have aided in school morning drop offs and departures, and will continue to do so until the apprehension of Mr. Frick," Hovis said. "I am extremely proud of the way our school district maintains that safety is paramount for our children, no matter the inconveniences."

Early in the search, Hovis told residents to lock their doors, stay calm and call 911 if they hear or see anything unusual on their property.

Family members have indicated Frick has acted differently since a fall that resulted in a head injury. Hovis has said he doesn't believe Frick intends to injure anyone, but instead thinks someone is after him.

"With the threat of extreme cold and inclement weather approaching it is believed that Mr. Frick will be seeking warmth and shelter," Hovis said. "Please remember to lock your outbuildings, homes and vehicles. If you see (him), please immediately call 911 and report it so our response teams can apprehend Mr. Frick and get him the help that is much needed."

The Fredericktown Police Department is working alongside the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Marshal's office to bring the situation to a safe and peaceful resolve.

Frick is described as 5 foot 11 inches tall and approximately 145 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue hooded shirt.

If you have any information on his location, contact your local police department or Fredericktown Police Department at 573-783-3660.

The Daily Journal will update the story as information becomes available.

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