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Weekend Arrest for Burglary in Progress

By Melissa Lambrecht, December 18, 2017

(Press Release) – On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at approximately 11:52 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to 601 Glenwood on 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.

Joshua Barnes, age 31, of 622 Wabash, Apt. 3, of Ottumwa, was located soon after this incident was reported and charged with the following crimes:

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

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

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

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