- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement officials in southeastern Iowa have arrested an escaped convict following an eight-hour search of a massive cornfield where he was hiding.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (https://bit.ly/1J4h7IR ) that 36-year-old Christopher Showalter was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say he walked away from a halfway house two weeks ago, and on Tuesday night assaulted his ex-girlfriend before running into a 130-acre cornfield.

The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office and other officials surrounded the field and used a fire truck ladder, camera-equipped drone and crop-dusting planes and a helicopter to search the field.

Officials say Showalter stepped out of the cornfield around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested.

Showalter is being held in the Wapello County Jail, charged with absence from custody and burglary. Officials say other charges are expected.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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