An Ottumwa man is facing numerous charges following a series of alleged offenses on Tuesday afternoon.
According to court documents, at around 4:13 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 19 year old Michael Robert Sanders allegedly entered an unoccupied vehicle near the BP on Albia Road and stole a wallet and debit cards. Records state that he then walked to the BP station where he attempted to use the stolen cards to make a purchase. The victim was notified and was able to stop the charges. At some point, Sanders also became involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical.
Police arrived and attempted to take Sanders into custody. Incident reports state that Sanders resisted a fully uniformed officer’s attempts to handcuff him, and after being told to stop resisting, proceeded to flex his body to further impede the officer. Sanders was allegedly found in possession of the stolen wallet and cards, as well as a bottle of liquor which he was unable to legally possess as he is under 21. Upon being transported to the Wapello County Jail he allegedly attempted to headbutt one officer and tried to spit on other jail staff.
Sanders has been charged with 3rd Degree Burglary (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Unlawful Use Of Credit Cards (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Disorderly Conduct (Simple Misdemeanor), Assault On Persons In Certain Occupations (Serious Misdemeanor), Interference With Official Acts (Simple Misdemeanor), and Persons Under Legal Age (Simple Misdemeanor). He is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $3,000 bond with a preliminary hearing set for April 19.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.