Man accused of breaking into home

Police say Shivers assaulted a woman and her daughter

Sheldon Shivers

A man has been charged with breaking into a Fort Dodge home early Friday morning and assaulting a woman and her young daughter.

Sheldon C. Shivers, 43, of Fort Dodge, is charged with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Friday.

Shivers, according to criminal complaints filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, allegedly broke into a home in the 900 block of Eighth Street Southwest, where he assaulted a woman that lived there and her 6-year-old child.

Shivers allegedly pushed them to the floor and held them there “as (the) victim struggled to protect her daughter and provide information to dispatch, as defendant had removed the cell phone from her possession,” the complaint stated.

Additionally, Shivers allegedly barricaded the doorway with a bookshelf.

After his arrest, the complaint stated Shivers allegedly told an officer that his girlfriend lived inside the home and that he had seen a man in a red or white car leaving it.

The woman living inside the home told officers that she does not know Shivers.

She suffered from abrasions on her knee and elbow, the complaint stated.

Shivers had his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning.

He denied the allegations being leveled against him.

“This complaint here is frivolous,” Shivers told Magistrate Steve Kersten.

The judge ordered Shivers held on a total $26,000 cash-only bond, and also issued a no-contact order between Shivers and the woman he allegedly assaulted.

Kersten also scheduled a Sept. 14 preliminary hearing for Shivers.