Police: SE Iowa Man Arrested after Encountering Homeowner, Dog in Attempted Burglary


Authorities say a man is in custody after he and other individuals attempted to rob a home Tuesday night in Fairfield.

Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Molding says officers from the Fairfield Police Department were called to a house on West Hempstead Avenue at approximately 11:32 PM. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a man involved in a physical altercation with an unknown subject.

It was later determined that the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Jose Perez-Rojas of Mount Pleasant, and other individuals attempted to burglarize a home. The group allegedly broke into the house and encountered the homeowner and his dog.

Law enforcement learned other subjects fled the scene in a vehicle. Attempts to locate the vehicle were not immediately successful.

Perez-Rojas has been charged with second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

Perez-Rojas is currently in the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held on bond pending an initial court appearance.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Fairfield Police Department at (641) 472-4146.

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toni sharp
toni sharp
1 year ago

I am glad to see the homeowner was not harassed by local police for defending his home family and hisself . Good job Fairfield police offers

toni sharp
toni sharp
1 year ago

I meant good job Fairfield police