Iowa man arrested after altercation with police at Crookston motel

Joel Fesler, 60, of Keokuk, Iowa, faces charges of domestic assault, damaging property and obstructing the legal process.

An Iowa man was taken to the Northwest Regional Correction Center after being restrained by police at a Crookston motel Wednesday night, June 10.

According to a release from the Crookston Police Department, officers responded to the Golf Terrace Motel at 1731 University Ave. around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an active domestic situation. Officers were advised that a window was being broken and a car was being damaged, according to the release.

Upon arrival, officers found Joel Fesler, 60, of Keokuk, Iowa, in one of the motel rooms. Officers learned from the victim and a witness that Fesler knew the victim, according to police. The release also stated that Fesler has a history of fighting with law enforcement, could be armed and should be considered dangerous.

Officers requested that Fesler open his door multiple times, and Fesler refused, according to the release. The release also states that, at this time, officers from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Troopers and Crookston Area Ambulance also arrived to assist.

According to the release, "officers were able to enter the room using a back door. Commands were given to Fesler to get on the ground; he refused and showed aggressive indications he wanted to fight."


Police deployed two less-lethal inert pepper ball rounds, which struck Fesler in the thigh and had no effect on him, according to the release. A Taser was then deployed and Fesler stopped resisting and was taken into custody without further incident, according to the release. Police stated in the release that neither Fesler nor the involved officers were injured.

Fesler is being held on charges of domestic assault, damage to property and obstructing the legal process.

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