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Domestic Attack Catalyst for Cross-County Manhunt

By Ellis Codjoe, April 22, 2018

Early Friday evening, an argument between a man and a woman turned violent. Sources tell Ottumwa Radio News that a disagreement between a boyfriend and girlfriend started on foot. At some point, the boyfriend entered his vehicle and continued arguing with the girlfriend who was still walking. The man ran the woman over with his automobile around the 900 block of Sheridan Avenue in Ottumwa and continued driving.

The name of the victim and the extent of her injuries are unknown. Sources say she may have been transported Iowa City due to the severity of her injuries but that has not been confirmed.

The male suspect escaped in his vehicle to Melrose in rural Monroe County where he took refuge with a relative. Authorities tracked him down to the residence and a standoff ensued. Sources say that the suspect took a copious amount of pills which caused him to overdose. Authorities were able to apprehend the suspect without incident late Friday evening and he was immediately taken to the hospital to be treated for the overdose. His condition is unknown.

The suspect has not yet been charged for any of the above incidences.

UPDATE: The Ottumwa Police department issued a press release late Monday morning:

On April 20, 2018, at approximately 5:07 pm the Ottumwa Police department received a report of a motor vehicle accident that had occurred in the 900 block of South Sheridan Street in Ottumwa.  Officers arrived on scene and determined that a domestic dispute had occurred at that location which involved a male subject who had physically assaulted a female. The suspect departed the location in a vehicle and returned a short time later. The suspect then drove his vehicle over the female victim who was still lying on the ground from the prior assault.  The male suspect then fled the area.

The victim was identified as Tiffany Lynn Seddon, age 31, of 1017 S. Weller, Ottumwa.  Seddon was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and then Mercy Hospital in Des Moines for treatment of her injuries sustained in the assault.  

Joseph Benjamin Dobbe, age 40, of 1017 S. Weller, Ottumwa, was identified as the suspect in this case.  Dobbe was located at his mother’s residence located at 301 Bridge View Drive, Melrose, IA. Authorities responded to this address to attempt to arrest Dobbe.  Dobbe refused to surrender to police and a standoff ensued for several hours.

The standoff ended after Dobbe began suffering from a medical problem which required him to be transported to a hospital in Centerville, Iowa.  Dobbe was then transferred to Mercy West Hospital in West Des Moines. Dobbe was eventually taken into custody on April 21st after he recovered from his medical problem and was transported to the Polk County Jail.

Dobbe has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, a Class “B” felony, and Willful Injury, a Class “C” Felony.  


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