Resident, suspect injured in alleged home robbery

COALVILLE – Two men were hospitalized Sunday after both received injuries during an alleged robbery that happened at a home near Coalville.

The home’s resident received several knife wounds before shooting the suspect, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

Both the suspect and victim, neither of whom were identified by law enforcement, were taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center. The suspect was later airlifted to another undisclosed hospital.

According to Stubbs, at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday, the suspect arrived at the home and began speaking with the resident.

What started out as the suspect asking questions escalated into a robbery situation, Stubbs said.

“The male resident received several knife wounds during the ensuing struggle with the alleged assailant,” Stubbs said.

During the incident, the suspect was shot and wounded. After being injured, the suspect drove off from the scene.

A short time later, the Webster County Communications Center received a call from someone saying a vehicle was in the ditch on Mill Road, south of Fort Dodge.

Fort Dodge Police Lt. Chuck Guthrie responded and found the vehicle – along with the suspect.

The investigation led to Mill Road being closed until about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Charges have not yet been filed, but Stubbs said they will be forthcoming.

He added that there is no danger to anybody in the county, calling the robbery an “isolated incident.”

“There is no immediate threat to the residents of Webster County,” he said. “We are confident that we have the right people located.”

The Iowa State Patrol and Fort Dodge Fire Department are also assisting in the investigation.