Hospers man arrested on Dickinson County warrant

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Hospers resident wanted on a Dickinson County warrant for forgery was arrested Saturday, Jan. 25, near Hospers.

Douglas Bobzien, 46, and Sherri Whelan, 45, both of Hospers were arrested by Sioux County Sheriff's Deputies at 11:34 a.m. at 4090 400th Street three miles west of Hospers.

The arrests stemmed from an ongoing investigation started by the Sheriff's Office in January, 2005. It was then that the sheriff's office received information that Bobzien was avoiding apprehension for an outstanding felony arrest warrant for forgery. The warrant was issued by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.

Bobzien has eluded arrest several times by running from law enforcement officials. He has received help in avoiding arrest from his girlfriend, Sherri Whelan.

Deputies spotted Bobzien and Whelan at 9:20 a.m. Saturday outside his residence. When they confronted Bobzien, he ran inside the residence and a stand-off with law enforcement officials began. Whelan surrendered immediately.

Officers attempted repeatedly to persuade Bobzien into surrendering. He eventually walked out of his residence and surrendered. He was arrested without incident.

Bobzien was also charged with interference with official acts. Whelan was charged with accessory after the fact for harboring, aiding and abetting a felon to evade arrest.

Bobzien was released Sunday on $10,300 bond. Subsequently, Whelan was also released Sunday on $2,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, O'Brien County Sheriff's Office, Le Mars Police Department K-9 Unit, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Patrol Negotiator Unit, Iowa State Patrol aircraft and the Hospers Ambulance.

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