An Arlington man is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges after an incident that ended when his truck crashed Friday in rural Fayette County.
20-year old Max Liebe was taken to the Fayette County Jail on Saturday charged with three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm as a felon and eluding police.
The incident began shortly after noon Friday when the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to Wadena on a missing person report. Evidence at the scene indicated a possible kidnapping, and the victim’s vehicle was discovered in a field outside of town amid signs of a struggle. Liebe was identified as a possible suspect, according to the sheriff’s office, and a cell phone “ping” put his location just north of Aurora. At 1 p.m. Friday, a Buchanan County deputy spotted Liebe’s vehicle, which fled northbound on County Road W-45.
During a five-mile, high-speed chase, authorities say Liebe tried to run deputies off the roadway and tried to run over deputies deploying stop sticks. The stop sticks led to a flat tire, which caused the suspect to lose control of his truck and roll it into a ditch near Kornhill Road. Liebe was arrested and deputies found the victim inside the truck bound with zip ties. The victim was transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union to be checked for injuries.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the pursuit by the Buchanan and Clayton County sheriff’s offices, the Iowa State Patrol, Oelwein, Fayette and Strawberry Point police departments and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Fayette ambulance and fire departments also assisted at the scene.