Attempted Murder Criminal Located Following Crash

Attempted Murder Criminal Located Following Crash
Courtesy of Cedar County Attorney's Office

CEDAR COUNTY – Earlier this week there was a motor-vehicle collision in northeast Nebraska involving an individual who had an arrest warrant from the Cedar County Law Enforcement.

According to a release from the Cedar County Attorney’s office, the accident took place Tuesday evening. Kevin Robert Haug, 44, previously of Fordyce, NE sustained injuries and was receiving treatment where he was currently wanted in connecting with an alleged early morning knife attack in Cedar County.

Haug rammed into an officers car during a traffic stop as Yankton (SD) police pursued the man into Nebraska until the Nebraska State Patrol and Cedar County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit taking Haug into custody.

Haug is accused of Count 1, felony Attempted Murder in the First Degree; Count II, Assault in the First Degree; Count III, Burglary, County IV, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony and County V, Possession of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony.

Cedar County Chief Deputy, Chad Claussen was on duty and around 6:51 Tuesday morning he was contacted by dispatch that Haug attacked a person with a machete before leaving the scene. Once Claussen arrived at 106 4th Street in Fordyce, he assessed the scene and was told the ambulance had already transported James “Jimmy” Olson to Avera Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota. Haug used a corn knife and a filet knife and dropped them in the swimming pool before fleeing.

Counts I, II and IV are Class II Felonies, which carry maximum possible penalties of 50 years imprisonment per count. Count III is a Class IIA Felony, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years imprisonment. Count V is a Class III Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of four years imprisonment and two years post-release supervision, or $25,000 fine or both.

The Cedar County Attorney’s office would like to note any charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until proven guilty.