Police identify victim of Tuesday stabbing


FORT MADISON – Authorities have identified the man killed in a stabbing that took place in Fort Madison Tuesday afternoon.

A release issued Thursday at about 1 p.m. identified the man as Antwan Lawrence Brewster, 21, of Fort Madison. Fort Madison Police delayed the release to allow time for notification of family.

The investigation is being conducted by the FMPD with assistance from the Department of Criminal Investigation.

A vigil was held Wednesday night by family and friends outside the apartment building at 610 8th Street in Fort Madison. Candles and purple balloons were carried into the city parking lot just to the north of the apartment building.

Brewster was allegedly killed by an armed suspect who entered the apartment building at about 4:35 p.m., and according to police reports assaulted the man on an upper floor before being seen running from the scene. A witness in the area has provided limited details on the subject.

Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff said a weapon wasn’t recovered, but there was evidence at the scene when investigators arrived.

Authorities are currently looking for a male suspected in his mid 20s. No other information on the suspect has been released. Rohloff said all indications are the two men knew each other and this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public in general.

Fort Madison Fire & Rescue and Lee County EMS Ambulance both assisted at the scene as did EMS director Dennis Cosby.

Brewster was taken to Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in grave condition and was later declared dead.

2 thoughts on “Police identify victim of Tuesday stabbing

  1. So nearly a week after a man was stabbed to death in the middle of the day, the suspect who was evidently seen by at least one person and likely caught on video, the public is still left with the “a male suspected in his mid 20s” description? No other clues to the alleged murderer’s identity have sufaced? Really? Nothing? Not a thing? If you’re capable of stabbing someone to death, a very personal and brutal way to take a life, you’re a danger to the general public. That’s why you get put in prison for a significant stretch doing it. The public is in danger and the least the authorities could do is issue a better description.

    The reluctance to release basic information about the suspect in this case is baffling and hard questions about it need to be put to the authorities and the press needs to push those hard questions and not just parrot the press release which is what so much of the media seem to default to because it’s easy and keeps relations friendly and access available. Hopefully the PCC won’t fall into that trap and ask the tough questions regardless of the consequences.

    1. I agree with this 150%! This information should have been made public so that we as citizens could be on the lookout and possibly help to get this person apprehended! Great post!

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