SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man is facing a variety of felony charges after he allegedly threatened several people with a handgun and stole two vehicles. 

According to a press release from the Sioux City Police Department, at around 12:17 a.m. Saturday, Sioux City Police officers were called to the 4600 block of Morningside Avenue to respond to a robbery. 

Jeremiah Shortenhaus


The victim was reportedly at a drive-up ATM at a bank when he was approached by 25-year-old Jeremiah J. Shortenhaus of Sioux City, who displayed a handgun and demanded cash and ordered the victim out of the vehicle, which he stole. 

A short time later, the South Sioux City Police Department found the vehicle and Shortenhaus fled on foot. At around 1:30 a.m., Shortenhaus threatened another victim with the handgun near 13th Street and Dakota Avenue and stole the second victim's car. 

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About ten minutes later, Sioux City Police officers found the second stolen vehicle near Gordon Drive and Nebraska Street, and Shortenhaus led officers on a short pursuit. He abandoned the vehicle at the east end of the Gordon Drive viaduct and fled on foot. He was arrested a short distance away. 

Shortenhaus faces charges including first-degree robbery, a class B felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, a class D felony, second-degree theft, a class D felony and eluding a law enforcement vehicle, a class D felony. 

He is currently held in the Woodbury County Jail on $40,000 bond. 

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