The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has filed a number of charges against Tyler Craig Lind, 28 years old, of Batavia. On November 23, 2014 a Deputy Justin Smith responded to a complaint of someone spotlighting deer. Deputy Smith found a truck being driven by Lind that matched the description in the report and attempted to stop the vehicle. Lind did not stop and led the deputy on a chase that ended with both vehicles in the ditch off of 190th Street in rural Jefferson County. When Lind got out of his truck he held a long gun that he turned on Deputy Smith and the deputy fired at Lind. Lind fled the scene on foot into the woods.
Several agencies searched for Lind who was eventually located on Monday, November 24 and initially charged with Eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor, and Illegal Manner of Conveyance of a firearm, a simple misdemeanor.
The investigation continued and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges Tuesday. The newly filed charges are Arson (1st Degree), a B felony; Arson (2nd Degree), a C felony; and three counts of Burglary (3rd Degree). Two of the Burglary charges are D felonies while the third Burglary is an aggravated misdemeanor.
Tyler Lind is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail with a cash only bond of $50,000.
This investigation remains active and additional charges are possible. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted in this investigation by numerous agencies including the Fairfield Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, the State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Police Department, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa State Patrol, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserves, and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
A criminal charge is only an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and if found guilty by a jury.