Police Blotter

Broken beer bottle becomes slashing weapon

Police arrested a Storm Lake man Sunday night for attacking two patrons at El Mariachi Dance Club.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to a fight ensuing at El Mariachi Dance Club located at 523 Erie St. 

Upon arrival, police found a male and female victim with facial and arm cuts. Police allege Rene Tarin-Hernandez, 33, armed himself with a shattered beer bottle during an argument inside the club and struck the male and female victim in the face and arms. Tarin-Hernandez fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

Police arrested Tarin-Hernandez at 7 p.m. the same day at his residence on 304 E. 7th St. in Storm Lake. He was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tarin-Hernandez was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $4,000 bond.

Both the male and female victims sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment.


Teen charged with breaking curfew twice

Police arrested a Storm Lake youth Friday after he was found on city streets twice while he was under a curfew.

At 1 a.m. Friday, officers stopped a 15-year-old male in the 500 block of Lake Ave. for an alleged curfew violation.  The youth was taken into custody.

During the stop, the 15-year-old resisted officers and attempted to pull away from them. The youth was taken to his home and cited for curfew violation and interference with official acts. The youth was released to his mother. 

Fifty minutes later, the mother of the 15-year-old called the communications center and reported her son left the residence again.  

Police located the youth shortly after the mother’s report.

He resisted officers a second time and was subdued again.

The youth was taken back to his residence and cited with a second count of interference with official acts. He told officers he would stay home while the curfew was in effect.


Better share your smokes or she calls the cops

Police arrested a Storm Lake woman Friday for falsely reporting her boyfriend assaulted her, as he refused to share his cigarettes.

At 1:25 a.m. Friday, police responded to a domestic dispute at 605 Superior, apt. 6.

Tierra Latrice Johnson, 22, told police she had been punched in the face by her boyfriend after an argument.

Police interviewed both parties in the alleged dispute and determined Johnson falsely accused her boyfriend of the assault for not sharing a cigarette.

Johnson was charged with false report to law enforcement and booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a  $300 bond.


Battle Creeker charged for charging on stolen card

Police arrested a Battle Creek man Sunday for logging $100 in unauthorized charges on a stolen credit card from a Storm Lake resident.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, police received a report from a citizen regarding unauthorized use of their credit card. An unnamed victim reported Thursday a lost debit card in the Walmart parking lot in Storm Lake; The card was allegedly used the next day at Murphy’s Oil in Storm Lake and Sparky’s gas station in Newell without the card owner’s knowledge.

The victim reported $100 in unauthorized charges on the card.

Police identified the card’s user as Robert Hoover, 26, who surrendered himself Sunday. He was charged with unauthorized use of a credit card and booked into jail on a $2,000 bond.