HANCOCK COUNTY – A Northern Iowa sex offender didn’t give up to cops without a chase after a recent traffic stop.
On February 21, 2022, at 12:11 AM, a Hancock County deputy sheriff conducted a traffic stop near Woden, Iowa. The vehicle pulled into a private driveway. The driver fled on foot. The driver was suspected to be 36-year-old Fernando Delgado, a convicted sex offender for aggravated sexual assault of a child outside of Iowa. Law enforcement agencies from the Britt Police Department, Garner Police Department, Forest City Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, and Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office assisted looking for the driver of the vehicle. After several hours the search was called off.
At 7:27 AM, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen vehicle from a driveway in Woden. A Hancock County deputy sheriff on patrol had seen a vehicle matching the description travelling through Hayfield minutes prior to the theft report.
At 7:33 AM, the Hancock County sheriff met the vehicle on Highway 18 west of Garner. At 7:35 AM, a Garner Police Officer was able to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at the east intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 18. The Garner Police officer and the sheriff took the driver into custody.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Fernando Delgado of Rake, Iowa. Delgado was charged with a felony theft. Delgado also had a valid warrant for his arrest out of Winnebago County for a sex offender registry violation.