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Man Who Eluded The Law For Nine Years Captured After Standoff At Old Newkirk School

Douglas BobzienNewkirk, Iowa — A man who has eluded Sioux County authorities for nine years has been captured after a standoff on Saturday morning, January 25th, that lasted over two hours.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they have been looking for now-46-year-old Douglas Bobzien of rural Hospers since January, 2005. An investigation was started then, when the sheriff’s office received information that Bobzien was avoiding apprehension for an outstanding Dickinson County felony arrest warrant for forgery.

The sheriff’s office says Bobzien has eluded arrest several times by running from law enforcement officials. They also say that he has received help in avoiding arrest from his girlfriend, 45-year-old Sherri Whelan, also of Hospers.

On Saturday, January 25, at 9:20 AM, deputies spotted Bobzien and Whelan outside his home at 4090 400th Street — the old school in Newkirk, three miles west of Hospers. When deputies confronted Bobzien, he ran inside the home and a stand-off with law enforcement officials began. Whelan surrendered immediately.

Officers attempted repeatedly to persuade Bobzien into surrendering. He eventually walked out of the home and surrendered. He was arrested without incident about 11:34 AM, and was additionally charged with Interference With Official Acts. Whelan was charged with accessory after the fact for harboring, aiding and abetting a felon to evade arrest.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Le Mars Police Department K-9 Unit, The Iowa State Patrol, The Iowa State Patrol Negotiator Unit, Iowa State Patrol aircraft and the Hospers Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

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