Moses Francisco Cruz

Moses Francisco Cruz is being held at the Worth County jail on multiple charges after a standoff with law enforcement on Interstate-35 on Tuesday, June 11.

A man being held in Worth County jail is facing charges, including eluding, interference with official acts, and being a felon in control of a fire arm, after police say he was brandishing a gun while driving his car southbound on I-35 near Albert Lea Tuesday afternoon.

Moses Francisco Cruz, 52, was taken into custody after a brief standoff took place, closing both lanes of Interstate-35 near Northwood for around 2 hours.

Iowa Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said Cruz was reported by witnesses in Minnesota. When Minnesota law enforcement responded, a pursuit started along I-35 into Worth County, Iowa, where Iowa public safety officials also responded.

Bryce Holstad, of Northwood, was traveling southbound on Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities when law enforcement closed access to the roadway.

He said a Manly police officer told him near Exit 214 that there was a “road-rage incident with gunfire.”  

Holstad said several area squad cars were on the I-35.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available. Check back to globegazette.com later.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.


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