Police: Two teens facing charges after failed armed burglary attempt

Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 6:54 PM CST
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FORT MADISON (WGEM) - An 18-year-old and a 17-year-old face a litany of charges after police said they broke into a Fort Madison house before being chased off by the homeowner Friday afternoon.

Fort Madison police chief Mark Rohloff said officers were dispatched to the 1900th block of Avenue F for a burglary in progress call around 3:17 p.m.

He said the victim had returned to his house, surprising two suspects who were in the act of looting the home.

Rohloff said one of the suspects pulled a gun but ran away along with his accomplice after the homeowner disarmed him. He said the homeowner sustained minor injuries, was treated at a local hospital, and released.

Rohloff said due to efforts by Fort Madison officers, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies, and community members, authorities found the suspects shortly afterward.

Hunter J. West of Argyle is charged with Burglary in the First Degree, and Assault While Participating in a Felony. He was also arrested on a charge from Keokuk Police on Participating in a Riot.

A still unidentified 17-year old male from Fort Madison was also arrested for Burglary in the Second Degree, as well as on an outstanding apprehension order for Willful Injury on an assault incident from Nov. 21, 2021.

Rohloff said all the stolen property, which included firearms, sporting goods, and a safe, was recovered.

He said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be added.

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