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OPD: Man ran over girlfriend, charged with attempted murder

Joseph Benjamin Dobbe is charged with Attempted Murder and Willful Injury (Photo: Wapello County Sheriff's Office)

An Ottumwa man is facing an Attempted Murder charge after police say he ran over his girlfriend Friday and then drove away.

Just after 5 p.m., witnesses told Ottumwa police officers they saw a man assault a woman near the 900 block of South Sheridan Street.

Police say the man left in his vehicle. He returned minutes later, ran her over with his vehicle while she was still lying on the ground from the previous assault, and then fled the area.

The victim, later identified as Tiffany Lynn Seddon, of Ottumwa, was taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center with unknown injuries, and was transferred to the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Officers eventually caught up with the suspect, Joseph Benjamin Dobbe, 40, at his mother’s house on Bridge View Drive in Melrose, Iowa.

Dobbe refused to surrender, and entered a standoff with authorities that lasted several hours.

Investigators said Dobbe suffered from a medical problem, which put an end to the standoff, and he was taken to a hospital in Centerville, where he was also transferred to Mercy in Des Moines.

Dobbe recovered Saturday, and was taken to the Polk County Jail.

He’s charged with Attempted Murder and Willful Injury, and is scheduled to be transferred to the Wapello County Jail Monday afternoon.

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