Man Wanted on Attempted Murder Charge Arrested

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GRINNELL, Iowa -- Grinnell Police say a Gilman man wanted for allegedly trying to kill his girlfriend is now in custody.

Fifty-four-year old Hal Runner is charged with attempted murder, domestic abuse/assault, and violation of a protective order.

Police say Runner confronted a former girlfriend near the intersection of 370th Avenue and Jewel Drive Tuesday afternoon.

They say Runner became violent with the woman and began choking and strangling her.

Runner than allegedly got in his vehicle and began ramming the woman’s vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Neighbors say they could tell authorities were looking for someone.

“There were fire trucks keeping a safe distance and they had their ladders extended as far as they could go. They had two firemen on the top looking around and we had no idea what they were doing but in retrospect I think they were looking for the man that tried to do this,” says Severidt.

Neighbors at first thought it was a training exercise and didn't put together what really happened until they saw it posted on the Grinnell Police Department's Facebook page.

“We have small kids, we have a son of our own, so it was a little disconcerting that we didn`t know about it, it would have been nice to know,” says Kolpin.

Police say they issued a warrant for Runner and according to the Grinnell Police Department's Facebook page, he was taken into custody around 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to the police release, the victim suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene.

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