'It was a very, very horrific scene,' witness describes Ottumwa hit-and-run
OTTUMWA, Iowa —
An Ottumwa man is facing an attempted murder charge after police say he ran over his girlfriend with a van Friday and drove away.
It was a very disturbing scene for neighbors on South Sheridan Avenue Friday.
Tyler Heckart told KTVO his front yard was blocked off with crime scene tape after the assault.
He was out of town, and didn't see what happened right outside of his home Friday. About five people who were in the neighborhood did though, and what they saw was brutal.
Dustin Deitch said a woman was walking toward the intersection of Mary Street and South Sheridan Avenue, when he saw the driver of a white van pull up next to her.
"A guy got out and started beating her up,” he said.
Deitch said the assault was difficult to watch.
"He was punching her in the head and she fell on the ground and then he started stomping on her head,” Deitch said. “Then he left, and he went around the block and came back and I couldn't believe what I saw."
Deitch said the driver proceeded to run over the woman with his van and then he immediately fled the area.
"We got out of the car to check on her and see if she was OK and of course, she was lying on the ground at the time," Deitch said.
He thought she had been killed. But when first responders arrived, Deitch heard the victim crying in extreme pain.
"It was a very, very horrific scene,” he said. “I’m surprised she's in the condition she's in right now."
Ottumwa Police Lt. Jason Bell said the victim, 31-year-old Tiffany Seddon, of Ottumwa, is stable. She's still receiving treatment for what he described as serious injuries.
As for the driver, who Bell said is Seddon's boyfriend: 40-year-old Joseph Dobbe, also of Ottumwa, surrendered after entering a standoff with authorities at his mother's home in Melrose, Iowa.
Dobbe is charged with Attempted Murder and Willful Injury. He's in custody at the Wapello County Jail.