Ottumwa Man Accused of Burglary, Abducting Child


An Ottumwa man is behind bars after authorities say he committed burglary and abducted a child.

On Monday, Ottumwa police officers responded to the 1500 block of Albia Road after being told there was a burglary in progress. Shortly after, they were told a child was kidnapped as well. The child is under the age of two.

According to an Ottumwa Police Department press release, officers located the child and the male suspect, identified as 35-year-old Joseph Michael Agan, inside Southern Iowa Mental Health Center.

Agan allegedly resisted arrest, assaulted the officers, and was was eventually placed under arrest.

Agan was charged with child stealing (Class C Felony), third-degree burglary (Class D felony), assault on peace officers (serious misdemeanor), and interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor).

Agan is currently in the Wapello County Jail where he is being held without bond.

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