A man accused of sexually assaulting a child in Bellevue fled from police Friday morning. He was caught after a search that lasted for several hours.
Twenty-five-year-old Diego Campos of West Des Moines, Iowa, armed with a knife, ran into a cornfield near 25th Street and Highway 370 around 9:30 a.m. after a domestic dispute in a home on Bryan Avenue on the other side of Highway 75.
The Omaha police helicopter was brought in to assist. The cornfield proved to be a challenge for the helicopter. “It's reached a height you can't see down the rows, so it's just a giant green field and you can't see,” said Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert.
Campos is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. “It's my understanding, not to speak out of turn, but there are some allegations potentially that this is maybe ongoing and there may be some investigations to occur in other jurisdictions because these folks are not from here, they are from West Des Moines," said Chief Elbert.
Nine officers, including two K-9 units, were involved in the search. Pinging his cell phone helped narrow the search, but a police dog eventually found Campos hiding in a culvert.
The incident turned into a standoff situation when Campos refused to come out, but officers took him into custody around 2:30 p.m. and led him to a waiting ambulance. Campos was treated for cuts at the Bellevue Medical Center before being booked for sexual assault.