O’Brien County Deputies Apprehend Oelwein Man After He Ran From Courthouse

Primghar, Iowa — There was a bit of excitement and a few tense moments in Primghar on Wednesday, July 12th, 2022.

According to O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputy Jett Korver, 43-year-old Joshua Moore of Oelwein was at O’Brien County District Court, having been the defendant in a jury trial. He tells us that Moore’s ex-wife had reported a violation of the no-contact order. Korver says he went over to the court house and visited with Moore, his attorney, family, and the county attorney, and was investigating the no-contact order violation complaint, when Moore allegedly left the court house and ran.

He tells us Moore was found hiding in a corn field southeast of Primghar. Korver tells us that after they talked to him on the phone he came out of the cornfield and turned himself over to deputies on Sorrell Avenue about a half mile south of B40. He was arrested without incident and he was booked on a single charge of violation of a no-contact order.

Korver says they scrambled extra resources, but they were not needed. Sheldon’s K9 unit was requested and O’Brien County EMA did respond with a drone, but he says Moore turned himself in before the resources were deployed.


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