FD man held on $32K bond

An early morning incident has led to a man facing burglary and assault charges after he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun.

Bruce K. Jeffers, 52, of Fort Dodge, is accused of committing the crimes around 4:19 a.m. Monday.

Police Chief Tim Carmody said officers were called to the 2600 block of 21st Avenue North at that time by a woman who said Jeffers had come into her home and threatened her with a gun. The criminal complaint filed with the Webster County attorney’s office stated Jeffers broke into the home via the garage.

The complaint went on to say that Jeffers told the victim that “it would be bad for her” if she contacted police.

When officers arrived, the victim gave them a description of Jeffers, his car, and where he might possibly be going to.

As he was heading to the call, Officer Dennis Quinn saw a vehicle matching that description in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue South, according to Carmody. Quinn determined the man inside the car was Jeffers, and he was transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center.

After police found evidence that could link Jeffers to the break-in and assault, he was charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and domestic abuse with a weapon.

He appeared via closed-circuit TV monitor in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday morning.

Magistrate Steve Kersten informed Jeffers of the charges, and after that the alleged victim stood and asked if she could make a statement. Kersten allowed her to speak.

She said that over the past several months, she has had “a lot of confrontations” with Jeffers and told Kersten that she is worried if he was let out of jail she felt it could be “the end.”

The Messenger does not identify victims of alleged domestic abuse.

Jeffers denied breaking into the home, instead saying he “walked through the open garage door,” and added he “just snapped” because of an apparent civil issue he had been having with the victim.

Kersten said Monday morning was not the place to determine guilt or innocence.

“I would suggest that you wait to talk to your attorney,” Kersten told Jeffers, adding that he was also going to issue a no-contact order between Jeffers and the victim.

After consulting with Assistant County Attorney Joseph Tofilon and learning of Jeffers’ criminal record, which includes an assault with a deadly weapon conviction in California, Kersten set the defendant’s bond at $32,000.

Jeffers’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14.