Five-day search ends with arrest of wanted Montrose man

Two others arrested in connection with search; 16 law enforcement agencies involved in apprehension


LEE COUNTY – In a large-scale coordinated effort local law enforcement agencies have captured a fugitive they had been looking for since Thursday.

Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said Wednesday Skylar Stark, 32 of Montrose, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday afternoon in West Point after authorities were tipped off to his location.

Stark was wanted after allegedly swiping a white Oldsmobile from a rural Lee County residence last week, in addition to several warrants out of Keokuk for robbery and 1st-degree burglary and was considered dangerous.

“The public can stand down and we want to thank everyone who helped us bring this man into custody,” Weber said this morning.

“We want to reiterate that we are continuing to investigate this case and anyone who has assisted, aided or abetted Mr. Stark in anyway will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Others arrested in connection with Stark’s apprehension to this point are Jarrod Hagmeier, no age listed, and Jesse Winslow McGee, Jr., 40. Both are facing charges of aiding and abetting.

Weber wouldn’t go into detail on how authorities learned of Stark’s Tuesday whereabouts, but said if the case goes to trial it should come out at that point.

“We don’t want to give out to much in the way of investigations as it can give the people were looking for a heads up,” Weber said.

Stark is currently in the Lee County Jail on two bonds, one of which is a $55,000 cash only and the other is a $13,000 surety contempt bond.

Weber said the investigation was a joint effort with the assistance 16 different Iowa, Illinois and Missouri law enforcement agencies including: Keokuk Police Department, Lee County Narcotics Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Montrose Police Department, West Point Police Department, Donnellson Police Department, the Lee County Attorney’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Clark County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Burlington Police Department, Lewis County Mo., Sheriff’s Department, Quincy Police Department and Hannibal Police Department.

It should be noted that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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