Detectives make arrest in early morning burglary


FORT MADISON – Detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s office have arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile from Fort Madison in connection with this morning’s break-in in St. Paul.

According to Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, the juvenile is being charged with burglary and assault and is currently in the Southeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Center awaiting a hearing.

Detectives Chad Donaldson and Clint Wray made the arrest and had the juvenile in custody shortly after 3 p.m. today.

Weber said the initial charges are forcible felonies, but declined to release the juvenile’s name. He said the juvenile has a Fort Madison address, but lives out in the county.

The arrest stems from an incident this morning, where someone allegedly broke into a home in rural St. Paul at 1:42 a.m. and demanded money from the residents. A struggle ensued and the people in the home were able to defend themselves and chase the perpetrator from the home to a waiting vehicle that fled the scene.

No medical attention was needed at the home. Law enforcement released information on the incident and were looking for help in securing the perpetrator and anyone in connection with the escape.

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