Man Arrested for Burglary and Impersonating an Officer

On Saturday, Dec. 16 shortly before midnight, the Ottumwa Police Department responded to a Burglary in progress call. When police arrived it was determined that a suspect, later identified to be Joshua Michael Barnes, had damaged the victim’s vehicles parked at that address.

Barnes then represented himself to be a police officer and forcibly entered the residence with a weapon, with the intent to assault an occupant of the residence. Thirty-one year old Joshua Barnes, of Ottumwa, was located soon after this incident was reported and charged with the following crimes:

  • Burglary in the 1 st Degree, a Class “B” Felony
  • Impersonating a Public Official, an Aggravated Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Mischief in the 3 rd Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor

Barnes is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $29,000 Bond.


Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”


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