MASON CITY – Just 7 days after District Court Judge Christopher C. Foy dropped all bond requirements against a violent convicted felon and released him back to the streets with no supervision police have tied him to a robbery of a man in a wheelchair.
Aaron Paul Ryerson, age 42, had been held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail since December 12th on two class D felony counts of 3rd or subsequent offense possession of controlled substance charges. For unknown reasons on January 30th Judge Foy dropped a $5,000 cash only bond requirement against Ryerson previously set by Judge Colleen Wieland, and ordered him released from jail on his own recognizance despite numerous felony convictions and a history of running from law enforcement.
Shortly before 3am Mason City police responded to a report of an assault on a man in a wheelchair in the 800 block of North Federal Avenue. The victim reported to law enforcement Ryerson had physically assaulted him and took his wallet and cell phone.
Officers located Ryerson a few minutes later on North Pennsylvania Avenue in possession of the victim’s wallet. Officers were also able to locate the victim’s cell phone in the area.
The victim was treated for the assault at the scene.
Police arrested Ryerson and transported him back Cerro Gordo County Jail. Ryerson has been charged with one class C felony count of 2nd Degree Robbery, and a simple misdemeanor count of Public Intoxication.
Ryerson remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail at this time on a $10,000 cash only bond requirement.
Ryerson’s criminal record is far too extensive to cover in one article. Ignoring the dozens upon dozens of misdemeanor convictions, Ryerson’s felony record includes:
1997 class D felony conviction of terrorism
2002 class D felony conviction of 3rd degree burglary
2002 class D felony conviction of assault with intent of injury on a peace officer
2004 class D felony conviction of felon in possession of a firearm
2011 class D felony conviction of 3rd or subsequent offense domestic abuse
2012 class D felony conviction of forgery