MASON CITY – Mason City police removed another wanted man from the streets of the city this week- this one carrying a dangerous weapon.
Dale Joseph Lewis, 41, was cruising Mason City’s North End on Thursday, January 10th when the car he was riding in was pulled over at the 1300 block of North Madison Ave. Police recognized Lewis as a wanted man and placed him under arrest at 3:51 PM. He was then booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail.
According to Mason City police officer Mike McKelvey, Lewis was in possession of a concealed “collapsible metal baton. The baton is the kind that law enforcement carries.”
Lewis faces a preliminary hearing on January 18th on the concealed weapon charge. He is being held on $2,000 bond with 10% needed for release from jail on that charge, while no bond was allowed on the parole violation.
According to an Iowa Department of Corrections official, Lewis had been convicted on a 3rd degree burglary charge in 2010 from an incident in 2009. At sentencing, the honorable judge Colleen Weiland threw out a fine and a 5 year prison sentence and instead granted Lewis 3 years of probation.
According to Lewis’ Facebook page he is “just your average laid back fon loving guy.”
However, Lewis’ probation was revoked July 19th, 2011 and he was then incarcerated at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility until August 1, 2012, when he was paroled. Lewis failed to maintain contact with his parole officer and was placed on absconded status on November 1st, 2012. His whereabouts were unknown to authorities until Mason City police made the arrest on January 10th.