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Man Arrested in Overnight Carjackings and Fleeing From Police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly carjacking two people and leading police on a short chase early Saturday morning.

Jeremiah J. Shortenhaus
Jeremiah J. Shortenhaus

Police say Jeremiah J. Shortenhaus is charged with Robbery 1st, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Theft 2nd, and Eluding a Law Enforcement Vehicle. He is currently in custody at the Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center.

Shortly after midnight Saturday morning, Sioux City Police Officers were called to the 4600 Block of Morningside Avenue for a robbery call.

The victim reported being at a drive-up ATM at a bank when the suspect approached and displayed a handgun. Investigators say he took cash and then ordered the victim out of the vehicle and then drove off in it.

A short time later, South Sioux City, Nebraska Police located the stolen vehicle and police say the suspect ran from the vehicle.

Investigators say around 1:30 a.m., near 13th and Dakota Ave, in South Sioux City, the suspect threatened another victim with a handgun and took that victim’s vehicle.

About 10 minutes later, Sioux City Police say they spotted the second stolen vehicle near Gordon Drive and Nebraska Street in Sioux City.  The driver fled and a short pursuit ensued.  The driver abandoned the vehicle on the east end of the Gordon Dr. viaduct and fled on foot.  He was caught a short distance away.

Keith W. Bliven

KTIV News Director

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