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Clear Lake man invades house, assaults woman, flees to parents’ house

MASON CITY – The saga of a troubled Clear Lake man took another violent turn early Thursday, leading cops to chase him to his parents’ house in Clear Lake.

Daniel Franken is 24-years-old and lives in his parents’ house in Clear Lake. Already this month, Franken was found guilty on September 4 by Judge Patrick Byrne of a no-contact order violation – his third such accusation in the case and second conviction – and sentenced to 18 days in jail. Franken has bothered or been seen with or near a protected party – a young Mason City woman who lives on 21st Street SE with her family. He has been accused three times of violating the court-imposed no-contact order with the woman and found guilty twice already. Franken was given a deferred judgement in the felony domestic abuse case – involving strangulation of the victim – which produced the no-contact order. He was released from jail on September 21.

Thursday morning at 2:17 AM, a violation of the no-contact order was reported in the 500 block of 21st Street SE, where his victim lives. Police told NIT that Franken reportedly entered the residence of the protected party. Once inside, Franken allegedly assaulted the protected party and obstructed attempts to contact police. A family member chased Franken from the residence and he apparently left in a vehicle. Franken was located a short time later at his parents’ house in Clear Lake and arrested.

Franken was charged with second degree burglary; violation of a no-contact order; obstruction of emergency communications; and 5th degree criminal mischief after police discovered that the victim’s vehicle had fresh damage apparently caused by Franken.

Franken was arrested and taken to jail. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and Clear Lake Police Department assisted Mason City police with this incident.

After Franken was sent to jail this month for his last no-contact order violation, Franken’s father told NIT that his son “should have never trusted the devil” and was railroaded by the alleged female victim in the case.

Robert Franken shared the following information with NIT:

“I wish you knew the whole story of how a woman is trying to ruin my son’s life. She contacted him through [friends] and pursued him and was actually meeting with him and when she found out he was dating a someone else, she contacted the Clear Lake Police and showed them text message[s] he sent to her. She has always been in the driving seat, that [is] how unfair the justice system is.

“We contacted the Cerro Gordo county sheriff several times and finally got them to call this female and threaten to arrest her for contacting Daniel. She even drove to our place several times while we were gone to meet with him. Got it on surveillance film. Daniel will probably finally learn his lesson bit he should have never trusted the devil.

“She made many attempts to get the State to drop the whole non-contact order but the State of Iowa decided to continue with the charges even against the testimony from Brittany that she shouldn’t have called the police that night. He was the one who was bitten, kicked, and had all the marks and she had NOTHING.

“The judicial system is sometimes very unfair.

“Daniel was wrong to connect with her again after her requests when she pressured him but this is way wrong and unjustified.”

Daniel Franken

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