Jacob J. Jackson, 38, of Hanlontown was arrested on April 1 after assaulting his wife at their home.
Sources close to the victim told NIT that the assault could have been prevented, as Jackson (pictured in 2011) had been with Worth County Sheriff Jay Langenbau prior to the incident and had told the sheriff he intended to harm his wife.
Sheriff Langenbau confirmed today that he was indeed with Jackson prior to the assault in the early morning hours of April 1 and that Jackson did tell him that he would harm his wife. “I can’t arrest someone for that,” Langenbau said. “If we arrested everyone for saying they were going to do something, we would have no place to put them, our jails would be past full.”
Jackson and his wife had been in Mason City the evening of March 31 and into the early morning of April 1, enjoying a night on the town. Langenbau told NIT that Jackson called him on his cell phone at about 1:30 a.m. April 1st while Jackson was walking home “somewhere in Cerro Gordo County.” Langenbau said that Jackson’s wife had “dropped him” somewhere on Highway B-2o after an argument in their car on the way home, and Jackson was walking home to Hanlontown. Langenbau found Jackson and they had a conversation, during which Jackson said he wanted to harm his wife.
Langenbau also confirmed that Jackson had been drinking but could not arrest him because “he was doing nothing wrong.” Langenbau confirmed that a Worth County Deputy was sent to “watch” the Jackson home in Hanlontown early that morning.
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals also confirmed that a Cerro Gordo County deputy encountered Jackson at about 12:24 a.m. walking along Highway B-20. The deputy took no action and allowed Jackson to continue walking.
Sources told NIT that Jackson made it to his home and “slipped by” the deputy and committed the assault.
Jackson was arrested after his wife called 911. Worth County authorities responded in two minutes and arrested Jackson. He was charged with domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury ( 708.2A(2)(B) ) a serious misdemeanor.
Jackson was convicted of felony 3rd degree burglary ( 713.6(A) ) in 1994 and served a number of years in prison for that offense.
The Worth County Attorney is Jeffrey H. Greve and he is so far handling the case, Greve confirmed on the phone Tuesday. He also stated that he provides legal assistance for the city of Hanlontown when called upon.
Jackson is innocent until proven guilty.