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At approximately 7:06 a.m., Tuesday June 28 th , 2016 a citizen reported hearing gunshots in the 7000

block of Cliffland Road just east of Ottumwa. The caller also reported a description of the vehicle

departing the area. While responding to the call a Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle

matching the description just south of Agency Iowa at which time the suspect vehicle began to elude

the following Deputy. The Deputy followed the vehicle back into Ottumwa from Agency and then back

east out of Ottumwa by way of Cliffland Road. The Deputy continued to follow the vehicle to just south

of the Des Moines River Bridge in Eldon when the vehicle crashed into the ditch. The suspect vehicle

was occupied by four subjects all of which exited the vehicle and continued to elude the Deputy on foot.

Assistance began to arrive by this time and three of the four subjects were taken into custody, with the

fourth still at large. No persons’ were injured at the 7000 block of Cliffland Road where the original call

began. Assisting the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation was the Ottumwa Police

Dept., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield Police Dept. Iowa State Patrol and the Eldon Fire

Dept. The matter remains under investigation and further charges are anticipated. Taken into custody

at this time and charged is Joshua Pierce, age 27 of Ottumwa charged with Possession, Receipt,

Transportation, or Dominion and Control of Firearms, Driving while Barred and Eluding Law

Enforcement. Carl Penelton, age 29 of Ottumwa is charged with Interference with Official Acts as was

a 17 yr old Juvenile charged with Interference with Official Acts and released to their parent.

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This criminal charge is an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until

and unless proven guilty.


Applebee’s In Ottumwa Robbed, No Arrests Made

On Sunday April 24, 2016, at approximately 12:26 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to Applebee’s, 1303 Vaughn Drive, Ottumwa, on a report that a Robbery had just occurred.
Preliminary investigation identified that Colrita Hem, an employee of Applebee’s, was robbed by two assailants who gained access to the interior portion of the restaurant after it was closed. At least one of the assailants was armed with a weapon that was not a firearm. The two suspects left Applebee’s after obtaining cash from the restaurant.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Ottumwa Police Department, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 104 S. Locust, Richland, IA, in relation to this investigation.
Police believe that one of the suspects, or their associate, possibly exchanged a large quantity of $1 bills on Sunday, April 24. If a business or a citizen recalls an instance of exchanging the $1 bills for larger denominations of currency, please contact the Ottumwa Police Department.
No arrests have been made at this time in relation to this incident but the investigation is ongoing.


Reminder: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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