An Ottumwa resident is facing criminal charges following allegations of armed domestic violence.
According to court records, at around 11:29 p.m. on October 8th, 46 year old William Edward Brown of Ottumwa became engaged in a verbal argument with the victim at their shared residence on Lillian Street. According to the arrest reports, the confrontation turned physical, during which time Brown was armed with a knife and a baseball bat embedded with nails. He allegedly swung the bat at the victim and held the knife to her throat and threatened to cut it.
Court documents state that Brown returned to the residence at 9:46 a.m. on October 9. Uniformed officers were present and attempted to detain Brown, who resisted attempts to be detained and handcuffed. Officers physically directed him to the ground and took him into custody.
Brown has been charged with Going Armed With Intent (Class D Felony), Domestic Abuse Assault -Display or Use Weapon (Aggravated Misdemeanor), 1st Degree Harassment (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and Interference With Official Acts (Serious Misdemeanor). Brown has been released on bond and has pled guilty to the Interference of Official Acts charge. In the remaining case, Brown has waived his preliminary hearing. The State has appointed Joseph Goedken as his attorney at state-expense.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation, A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.