***From the desk of Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall***
I'd like to clear up any confusion as to what took place today. First off, I would like to thank everybody who commented on who they thought this individual was. I see a couple posts on here that positively identified him, and that was much appreciated.
So here is the story. Around 3:30AM, a male subject was picked up in Traer by Tama County Sheriff's deputies and brought to Toledo to the Sheriff's Office. He left the foyer of the Sheriff's Office around 5:30AM or so while his identity was being determined. My understanding (as I wasn't there; just from what I could read from the Calls for Service) that he provided an Iowa Identification Card that belonged to a subject that's currently incarcerated at the Anamosa State Prison, and they were suspicious that he wasn't who he claimed to be.
Fast forward to 9:30AM. I was in my office trying to catch up on some things and the phone rings. It's a resident in the 300 Block of West Madison Street. The resident informs me that there was a scary person near the property that she owns and wanted me to hurry to her property. I head down there and find a male subject with no shirt, wearing dark blue jeans, and black socks with no shoes standing in front of the resident's front door. He appeared to be in his early 20's. I notice his hair-doo was a bit odd as it was shaved on both sides and long on the top. I asked him a couple questions like what he was doing there, who he was, why he couldn't stand still(he was high off of some sort of illegal substance). He lied to me about who he was and why he was there, so at that point, I determined that he should be placed under arrest for providing false information to law enforcement. When I told him he was under arrest, he decided to make a run for it. I chased him northbound through the back yards, across 300th Street and he entered a cornfield. At that point, I stopped because I wasn't about to go into the cornfield. A perimeter was set up around the field to watch for him to exit the field. Many thanks to Shayne Turner for bringing a drone out to scan the field in an attempt to locate him! Unfortunately, he wasn't able to be seen by the drone.
Around noon time, we decided this man was somewhere hidden pretty good in the cornfield, and at some point he'd come out of the field. I deemed it appropriate to have Tama County Dispatch issue what's called an "Alert Iowa" so that residents of Tama County could be on the lookout for him, and to call 911 if they see an individual matching that description. I also deemed it appropriate to stop by the Middle School to let them know of this situation and to be on the lookout if they should see this man within the vicinity of the school. At no time did I believe any of the staff or students were in any kind of danger. I do know that the Tama Police Department instructed their schools to lock down. That was a decision they made.
I then turned my attention on trying to get this man identified. I sent a copy of the photo that was posted by one of my officers here on our Facebook page(which was a still-shot photo from my body camera) to the prison to see if the prisoner could identify this subject. I figured it was a good possibility that I could get this man identified that route. Around 3:00PM, I received a call from a parole officer in Benton County who positively identified this man as Steven Keith Herzberger; D.O.B. 7-2-1990 as Mr. Herzberger is his client and a parole violation charge was on its way to being filed.
Fast forward to around 4:30PM. Mr. Herzberger was spotted by Tama County Deputy Joe Quandt on the south side of the cornfield north of 300th Street. A short foot pursuit ensued, and Deputy Quandt captured this subject. I, along with the Tama Police Department, arrived to assist Deputy Quandt. Mr. Herzberger was taken into custody without incident. Toledo Ambulance was called to the scene to check out Mr. Herzberger as a precaution(due to the heavy "tweaking") and was released back to us for transport to the Tama County Jail.
Mr. Herzberger was charged with two counts of Interference With Official Acts, one count of possessing an Identification Card that didn't belong to him, one count of providing false information to law enforcement and one count of public intoxication. Mr. Herzberger admitted to me that he was under the influence of Methamphetamine and Heroin. As a reminder, Mr. Herzberger is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Toledo Police Chief