Humboldt mayor, victim agree on restitution

DES MOINES – A felony charge against Humboldt Mayor Walter Jensen is likely to be dismissed as a result of a Victim Offender Restitution Program session Thursday, according to Jensen and the man whose truck he allegedly keyed.

Joshua Stubbs said he and Jensen came to an agreement on restitution at the VORP session.

Jensen was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, after he allegedly keyed a truck owned by Stubbs, who is engaged to Jensen’s ex-girlfriend, Jenifer Wasson, according to a police report.

The incident happened in Des Moines.

If Jensen pays the damages he allegedly caused to the truck and Stubbs’ lost wages, the charge will be dropped, Stubbs said.

“I am satisfied with the outcome,” he said Thursday afternoon. “He made a verbal agreement.”

Jensen said he is also satisfied.

“Everything went well,” Jensen said.

Jensen allegedly caused $1,128.71 in damages to the truck around 9:30 p.m. on April 24, according to a police report.

The VORP in Polk County allows crime victims the opportunity to confront offenders in a controlled setting with the assistance of a trained facilitator.

Though Stubbs said the charge will likely be dismissed, court records still show that Jensen is set for arraignment on Aug. 18 at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines.

Before the incident, Stubbs had never met Jensen, Stubbs said.

“I knew who he was, but had never talked to him,” Stubbs said.

According to the original police report, Wasson told police that she and Jensen had discussed when he could go to her home to pick up a Corvette that belonged to him.

When Jensen showed up in Des Moines on April 24 to pick up the Corvette, he texted Wasson, according to the report.

Wasson was away from her phone, so she didn’t see the text messages right away, she told police.

When he didn’t get a response, Jensen became increasingly agitated with her in the text messages, Wasson told police.

One text message, according to police, said that Jensen was giving her 10 minutes or it would “start getting uglier.”

Wasson told police that security camera footage showed Jensen sneaking up to the garage and attempting to open its door at least three times.

The video allegedly shows Walter keying the hood and driver side door of Stubbs’ truck.

Wasson eventually went outside and opened the garage door. Jensen then backed the Corvette onto a trailer and drove away from the home around 10:30 p.m.

According to the police report, Wasson told police that Jensen is the mayor of Humboldt and feels as if he is “invincible” to everything and everyone.