Arrest Made in South Ottumwa
Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:36


On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call of a fire at 337 North Hancock Street in Ottumwa. It was determined a small grass fire had occurred in the back yard of the residence.  

A disoriented female and a shotgun were found in a small garage behind the residence.   Based upon items observed at the residence, officers established a perimeter around the property and obtained a search warrant for the residence.  

At approximately 3:59 pm, a subject attempted to escape from the residence. After a short foot pursuit, the subject identified as Keith Edward Hewitt, age 26, of Ottumwa was arrested on warrants charging him with Driving While Barred, Prevention of Apprehension, and Harassment of a Public Official.  Hewitt was also charged with an additional count of Interference with Official Acts. Hewitt is being held in the Wapello County Jail on $4600 bond.  

At or about 8:00 pm, members of the Ottumwa Emergency Response Team executed the search warrant at the residence which was found to be unoccupied.  Based upon officers observations made during the execution of the search warrant, a second search warrant was obtained and executed at the property.  The search of the property was completed at 2:30 am. Officers seized property which had been reported stolen during a burglary in rural Wapello County the previous day. The investigation is on-going and further arrests are pending.



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