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10 arrested in robbery turned riot Tuesday morning


Ten people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with an alleged riot in the 600 block of Chloe Lane. 

The Storm Lake Police Department responded to a reported fight around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Chloe Lane according to a press release issued by the SLPD Wednesday.

The report states 20 people were involved in the incident, some were reportedly armed with handguns. Three of the alleged combatants were juveniles. A motivation for the assault wasn’t specified. 

Upon arrival at the scene, police encountered three victims who appeared to suffer from visible facial injuries. One of the victims sustained serious facial injuries and was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, where they were treated.

The release also states that after investigating the scene, police allege that just before 3 a.m. one of the victims was traveling in his vehicle in the 1500 block of Sugarcreek Lane in Storm Lake. The victim noticed multiple people in the roadway and was then approached by one of them while still in his vehicle. An argument ensued between the driver and the suspect, which resulted in the suspect striking the victim in his face with their fist while the victim remained seated in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The victim managed to drive away and park his vehicle but was followed by a large group of people. Multiple people assaulted the male victim causing serious facial injuries such as broken bones.

The release also states that during the initial assault, multiple people from a nearby residence heard the altercation and attempted to intervene. This then resulted in the group of subjects to assault the people trying to intervene. It was reported that during said fight, a subject threatened others with a handgun. The suspects then fled the original scene on foot to a nearby residence at 725 Lilly Court in Storm Lake, to which they were tracked by police. After surrounding the perimeter of the residence and securing the scene, officers were unable to intercept the suspects as they refused to exit the home. Nearly three hours later, many of the suspects exited the residence and were taken into custody.

After the suspects were detained, officers conducted a search at 725 Lilly Court, where they found two handguns, one that was reportedly stolen from Cherokee, along with the wallet of the victim of the original assault.

The release states that following the initial investigation, ten suspects have been charged in the incident.

Odoll Agowa, Chuol Gatluak, Jamuo Gatwech, Emalee Sisneros, Jakayli Traeger, Titus Mulgae, Liena Nyama and three juveniles were arrested in connection with the incident. Mulgae, 20, and Nyama, 21, were charged with accessory after the fact. Mulgae was booked on a $7,000 bond. Nyama was booked on a $2,000 bond. Ogowa, 20, Gatluak, 24, Gatwech, 22, Sisneros, 18, and Traeger, 19, were booked on bonds ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. The five adults were charged with first-degree robbery, rioting and willful injury. 

The juveniles aged 13, 15 and 16 were transported to the Cherokee YES Center. 

An investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are possible.


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