Washington State Patrol receives tip on location of wanted man

Victor Barnard, 52, is wanted on 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children in Minnesota. - Photo courtesy of WSP
Victor Barnard, 52, is wanted on 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children in Minnesota.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of WSP

OLYMPIA — Washington State Patrol detectives have received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minnesota, who is charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children.

On Aug. 12,  Barnard, 52, was reportedly seen leaving the McDonalds restaurant on State Route 101 in Raymond heading towards Aberdeen. He was seen driving a dark blue Audi 2 door with tinted windows and a spoiler.

The witness indicated the vehicle “looks like a Porsche” and there was a white female riding with him at the time.

Additional information was developed that places Barnard in the Raymond and Aberdeen areas for approximately the previous week.

On April 11, the Pine County, MN, Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Barnard. The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into Barnard’s behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.

Later that same day, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane area.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.

Persons who may have information as to the whereabouts of Barnard, should call 911.

Local police agencies are assisting in the search.


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