Attempted Abduction at Quincy Place Mall

By Melissa Lambrecht, February 10, 2019

(Press Release from OPD) – UPDATE

On Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at approximately 4:00 pm, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a disturbance at the Quincy Place Mall located at 1110 N. Quincy.  Further reports indicated that an older, male subject attempted to leave with someone’s child and a Good Samaritan was detaining the subject.

Officers arrived on scene and began an investigation.  During the investigation the subject was identified and it was discovered that the subject did NOT forcefully take “possession” of any child.  However the subject verbally stated he wanted a child and gestured as if he would grab the child.  It was also discovered that the subject suffers from advanced mental illnesses creating diminished capacity.

This subject was detained and medical services were sought.  This investigation is on-going and no criminal charges have been filed at this time.


At 4 p.m., Sunday, Ottumwa Police Department was dispatched to the Quincy Place Mall on the report of an individual attempting to remove a child from Ottumwa’s Old School Pinball and Arcade.  The call, also, stated that a citizen was holding the individual until OPD arrived.

The individual was taken into police custody.

Ottumwa Radio News spoke with Sgt. Steve Kovacs with the Ottumwa Police Department.

Sgt. Kovacs stated that the public is not in danger and no children were removed from the mall.

Ottumwa Radio News will update this story when more information becomes available.


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