K9 helps police find wanted sex offender early Tuesday


FORT MADISON – Authorities chased down a 42-year-old Fort Madison man with an outstanding sex offender warrant early Tuesday morning in Riverview Park.

According to Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff, Nathan Eric Washburne ran from an officer after he was approached at the northern side of the foot bridge over the railroad tracks in the park.

The Fort Madison officer attempted to place Washburne, who was with an unidentified female at the time, under arrest.

Washburne took off up the stairs, over the bridge and back down into the park with the officer in pursuit. The suspect was chased into the wooded area on the west end of the park where other officers joined in and formed a perimeter. They then called for K9 assistance from the Lee County Sheriff.

Deputy Jordan Maag brought K9 Kion to the scene and the dog sniffed out Washburne laying on the ground in the dark next to a tree.

During a search of Washburne, police recovered a small quantity of marijuana and methamphetamines. He was subsequently charged with “Interference with Official Acts”, a sex offender registration violation warrant, and drug possession charges.

There were no injuries in the search.

Washburne was taken and booked into the Lee County jail pending his court appearance. The female subject was not charged.

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