Fugitive's arrest shocks neighbors in Dyersville

By  | 

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The United States Marshals say a man on the Army's Most Wanted List had been living in eastern Iowa for three years. They say he's been on the run for almost 17 years.

The Marshals arrested Darryl Grigsby, 57, Tuesday night in Dyersville. Authorities in Rhode Island say Grigsby is wanted for aggravated assault, assault, attempted rape and attempted robbery. Investigators used surveillance video to zero in on Grigsby in Dyersville. Police say Grigsby was the master of using multiple aliases.

People living on this block tell TV9 they knew their neighbor as "Cliff" who told them he is a minister and karate instructor. He told them he'd moved here from Chicago just a few years ago.

But police say, in reality, Cliff is really Daryl Grigsby. They say he's been on the loose since 2000 when he violated his supervised release, which stemmed from a bank robbery in 1993.

Meritta Flynn, of Dyersville, says she became friendly with her across the street neighbor who she knew as Cliff. She baked him cookies and would give him rides. She says once time she even drove him to Chicago to pick up a paycheck from the church he said he worked at there.

"I kind of figured something was screwy with him because if he's a minister in Chicago, why isn't he doing it? Why isn't he there?" said Flynn.

Investigators won't say how exactly they figured out he was using a fake name and living in Dyersville.
_______________
PREVIOUS STORY

A fugitive who's on a list of the "most wanted" by the U.S. Army has been captured in Iowa.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Daryl Leandra Grigsby was arrested Tuesday in Dyersville, a town where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed.

The Army says the 57-year-old former infantryman is wanted on charges that include assault, attempted rape and attempted armed robbery. He left the Army in 1980.

Investigators say Grigsby had evaded capture since 2000, when he violated his supervised release in Rhode Island stemming from a 1993 bank robbery. He allegedly used multiple aliases but was ultimately found hiding in plain sight.

Investigators spotted him Tuesday at a Dyersville residence and arrested him without incident. He's being held at the county jail in Cedar Rapids.