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Wanted man captured near Toledo cornfield

August 29, 2018
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

After hours of searching the Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quant aided by Toledo and Tama Police apprehended Steven Keith Herzberger, 28, near a cornfield in Toledo at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24. The hunt for Herzberger began early Friday morning.

Timeline of incident

On Friday, August 24 at 1:07 p.m. the South Tama County School District released a Facebook post stating that the STC Elementary School had been placed on a lock down that has since ended.

Article Photos

Steven Keith Herzberger is pictured in an image fro Toledo Police Chief Bo Kendall's body camera.

The lock down was in correlation with an individual being sought after by the Toledo Police Department. The Toledo Chronicle spoke with Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall on Friday afternoon regarding the events of the individual being sought.

At 3:51 a.m. on Friday morning the Tama Sheriff's Office received a call from a concerned citizen in Traer. Upon arrival the Sheriff's Office found an individual who was talking to himself face down and appeared to be on some sort of substance. The man identified himself as Jordan Fetter. He was brought to the Tama County Sheriff's Office in Toledo.

At roughly 5 a.m. the man walked out of the building after being left in the foyer of the Sheriff's Office, according to Kendall

Chief Kendall received a call from a concerned citizen on Madison Street at 9:29 a.m. Kendall reported to the scene where he found a man on the porch of a Toledo citizen. The man had no shirt, and no shoes and according to Kendall was "tweaking." The man identified himself again as Jordan Fetter. Kendall said the individual was not Fetter and attempted to arrest the individual. The unidentified man ran from Kendall and Kendall retreated back to his police car.

A search for the man ensued with the help of the Sheriff's Office, Meskwaki Nation Police Department and Toledo Police Department The department also had help from an individual with a drone.

After searching the area for roughly two hours Kendall notified the STC Middle School staff about the situation. Kendall stated he did not feel the school needed to go into lock down.

In the meantime the STC Elementary School was told to go into lock down by the Tama Police Department.

After talks between STC Superintendent Jared Smith and Tama and Toledo Police Departments it was determined the school could end the lock down.

During the Friday afternoon hours Kendall spent time trying to identify the suspect. Kendall received a call from Benton County who positively identified Herzberger around 3 p.m.

At roughly 4:30 p.m. according to Kendall, Herzberger was spotted by Tama County Deputy Joe Quandt on the south side of a cornfield north of 300th street. A short foot pursuit ensued and Quandt was able to capture Herzberger.

Kendall issued a lenghty Facebook post at 10:13 p.m. on Friday evening explaining the incident in full detail.

Herzberger was charged with two counts of interference with offical acts, one count of possessing an identification card that didn't bleone to him and one count of providing false information to law enforcement and one count of public intoxication according to a Facebook post by Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall.



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