Robbery suspect arrested in South Dakota

A man wanted for committing an armed robbery in Fort Dodge late Sunday is facing new charges after being arrested in South Dakota Thursday.

Nathaniel L. Altman, 27, of the Fort Dodge and Humboldt area, was arrested in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was wanted in Fort Dodge for first-degree robbery and first-degree theft after allegedly walking into Downtown Sinclair, 309 Second Ave. S., armed with a large kitchen knife, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody,

Altman is accused of ordering employees to the lie on the floor and threatening to hurt them.

He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Altman was identified as the suspect following the on-scene investigation, but officers were unable to locate him.

Carmody said multiple leads indicated Altman was in Sioux Falls.

He was eventually identified as a suspect in crimes in the Sioux Falls area.

Altman was arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department Fugitive Task Force Thursday afternoon following a short foot chase.

He is being held in Sioux Falls on charges of first-degree robbery, aggravated grand theft, aggravated assault and being a fugitive from justice.

Sgt. Mike Walsh, of the Minnehaha County sheriff’s office, said Altman is suspected in an attempted robbery at a Sioux Falls motel on Wednesday.

Before he can be sent back to Iowa, Altman will face the charges in South Dakota.

“If he’s not waiving extradition, then the originating agency in Iowa will petition for a governor’s warrant,” Walsh said. “Once that is signed he would be served here and then be sent back to Iowa.”

Carmody said teamwork between multiple agencies led to Altman’s arrest.

“This is another great example of the continued partnerships that have been built between multiple law enforcement entities, not only in the state of Iowa, but also outside our state borders,” Carmody said. “Our hope is that this kind of great teamwork helps to bring closure for the victims of Mr. Altman’s crimes along with a stronger sense of safety and security for our community members as well.”