Rock Valley Man Faces Felony Assault On Officer Charge

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on felony assault on an officer charges during an arrest near Rock Valley.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Sioux County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 22-year-old Benjamin Van Otterloo of Rock Valley is accused of assaulting a victim and then becoming agitated and assaulting an officer when the officer tried to arrest him. He was arrested on Saturday.

In his statement, the deputy says Van Otterloo actually made the call to law enforcement. But the deputies believe that the victim had injuries to his head and a bite mark on his back. Deputies attempted to handcuff Van Otterloo, and they tell us that’s when he allegedly became uncooperative. The deputy’s statement says Van Otterloo bit a deputy during the altercation.

Van Otterloo was charged with assault with intent to injure a law officer, a class D felony. If convicted, Van Otterloo could face up to five years in prison. He also faces misdemeanor charges of interference with official acts and domestic assault with bodily injury.

He faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on March 5th.

At last report, Van Otterloo remained in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City in lieu of a $5000 bond.


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