Preston faces domestic assault charge

A call about a potential assault has led to a Fort Dodge man facing three charges in connection with the incident.

Jermiah Preston, 30, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with first-degree burglary, domestic assault second offense and violation of a no-contact order. The charges stem from an incident police responded to Monday evening.

According to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody, officers responded to 3141 16th Ave. N. after receiving a report of a possible assault in progress.

When officers arrived, they discovered Preston had a no-contact order with the woman who lived in the building. Carmody said the officers on scene heard what they believed was a woman crying inside the apartment.

They also “developed information that led them to believe Mr. Preston was also inside the apartment in violation of the no-contact order,” Carmody said.

Officers forced their way into the apartment and arrested Preston.

They also found the woman and her two children locked inside another room, trying to keep away from Preston, Carmody said. While the woman had minor injuries, the children were unharmed, he said.

Preston made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Thursday morning where he was ordered held on $25,000 bond for the burglary charge and $1,000 each on the other charges.

His preliminary hearing for the burglary and assault charges was scheduled for Oct. 10. The violation of the no-contact order charge was continued for 180 days.