Hwy. 61 shooting suspect in custody


FORT MADISON – Fort Madison police arrested a man Sunday morning suspected of shooting at a vehicle on Oct. 20, just north of Fort Madison on Hwy 61.

Police arrested Tourmaria Resean Baynes, 27, who’s listed as homeless, at a bar located in the 1100 block of Avenue I on a warrant issued out of the Lee County Sheriff’s office for attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He’s being held at the Lee County Jail. He was also charged with possession of marijuana by Fort Madison police following his arrest.

Fort Madison Chief of Police Tim Sittig said Baynes was apprehended without incident.

“I don’t know if we got a call or they were just doing a bar check, but they entered the bar, saw him and realized there was a warrant out on him, so they picked him up,”

The incident stems from a shooting that was reported by a motorist traveling on Hwy 61 southbound. Shots were fired at the motorist’s vehicle as a vehicle Baynes, also known as “Whammy”, was a passenger in.

Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said a bullet was pulled from a vehicle that had been shot at and local law enforcement, including the Fort Madison police, tried to locate a vehicle fitting a description given by the motorist whose vehicle had been shot at. Weber said Tuesday that the department is not actively seeking anyone else in connection with the shooting.

Baynes is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $25,000 bond. The attempt to commit murder charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.


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