Frederika, Iowa — Law enforcement have arrested and charged two eastern Iowa men after a prolonged search in Bremer County, Iowa late yesterday afternoon and evening. Twenty-four year old Jeremiah Mumford from New Hampton, Iowa is being charged with six counts of Attempted Murder (Class B Felony) and five counts of Terrorism (Class B Felony). Additionally, 19 year old William Clayton from Osage, Iowa is being charged with six counts of Aiding and Abetting (Class B Felony) and five counts of Terrorism (Class B Felony). Both men are being held in the Bremer County Jail on a one million dollar cash only bond.
At approximately 11:13 AM on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, a bank robbery was reported at the Maynard Savings Bank in Maynard, Iowa. Suspect and vehicle information was relayed to area law enforcement with a request to be on the look-out. A short time later, an area firefighter spotted the suspect vehicle. Other law enforcement arrived shortly thereafter and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled across county roads from Fayette County into Bremer County. Throughout the pursuit, the two white male suspects repeatedly fired shots at the pursuing vehicles and two officers were shot and injured:
At approximately 12:20 PM on Tuesday, the two suspects abandoned their vehicle near the Heartland Quarry along Midway Avenue, west of Frederika, Iowa. The pair fled on foot into a wooded area nearby. At that time law enforcement established a two mile long perimeter to ensure the suspects could not travel outside of the immediate area.
Throughout the remainder of the afternoon and evening, law enforcement from more than 16 federal, state, county, and local agencies worked to locate the suspects. Specifically, the Iowa State Patrol tactical teams methodically searched and cleared the area north and west of Frederika where Mumford and Clayton were hiding. Then at approximately 6:58 PM yesterday, local officers from the Waterloo Police Department who were working on the perimeter of the search area, apprehended Mumford and Clayton. The men were attempting to escape the search area and evade officers by crossing County Hwy V5C approximately ¾ miles north of Frederika. Once spotted by law enforcement, both suspects surrendered without incident.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities continue to investigate the bank robbery, pursuit, shootings, and subsequent search.
Many agencies contributed to the successful and safe conclusion of the search for the suspects, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Marshal’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Minnesota State Patrol, Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Winneshiek Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Readlyn Police Department, Waverly Police Department, Sumner Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, Oelwein Police Department, Janesville EMS, Frederika Fire Department and First Responders.
Additionally, all law enforcement extend their thanks to members of the Frederika and Bremer County Communities for their support and patience during the extended incident.