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Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

This news story was published on July 29, 2015.
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MASON CITY – A mom described an encounter she and her children had with a man Monday morning that left her “terrified” as he approached them with a hammer and said he had just killed his wife.

On the condition that her name and the daycare name not be mentioned, a Mason City mom described to NIT the incident which led to the arrest of 63-year-old Paul Andrew Stutts near the Cultural Crescent in downtown Mason City.

Police confirmed the woman’s story, in which she says began a little after 6 AM Monday morning, July 28.

“I got to the daycare and parked on the street,” the NIT reader explained. NIT previously reported that the incident unfolded near the 400 block of North Delaware Avenue. “After getting my 3 year old daughter out of the car I walked around to the other side to get my two year old son out.”

The woman said she saw a man approaching “but was hoping he would just keep walking.”

He didn’t.

“He stopped at my car and asked me for a cell phone. I told him I didn’t have one and was going in the daycare where he could probably use a phone.”

She described her daycare as having locked doors and she just wanted to get to safety at that point, but then things got really scary.

“The man starts mumbling and states he murdered his wife and that he wanted to use a phone to call the police and he wanted me to record it,” she continued. “I told him ok and to come into the daycare with me to get the phone.”

That’s when the man’s hammer came into view.

“Walking up to the daycare is when I noticed the hammer tucked into his pants. I was in pure shock and terrified knowing he could pull the hammer out at any second and strike me or my kids.”

The woman’s cool resolve and apparent nerves of steel helped guide her through the trying ordeal.

“I stayed calm and got into the daycare to the locked doors. When I opened the door I told him he needed to stay back, once the doors were shut I hurried to the daycare worker and in a panic told her to hurry and call the police.”

She described the encounter with Stutts as “very traumatizing”.

“So thankful we were not hurt and my kids are ok.”

Police were called to the scene, and Stutts continued to lie to police about his apparently fictitious murder crime. He was placed under arrest and taken to jail, where he is still held, charged with filing a false police report.

Police never did recover the hammer.



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10 Responses to Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    What kind of person edges this man on…..and they think that it is funny? What a poor example for a business to even post this if this is what they think is funny….I will never go there again. This person (Troy) is to blame partially for this guys outrage/incident.

  2. Sheriff Joe Reply Report comment

    July 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    well where in the f^^k does he live?? I’d love to see this nut case and his wife. This is why you dont do drugs. Take a pill man go to sleep and we will spread you ashes on central park.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    And who are the idiots provoking this behavior? They may think it’s funny but it’s not

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    where does this guy live? wanna make sure im never in the area!

  5. Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    July 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I would be terrified too, especially if I had my kids with me. This guy is not mentally stable.
    See video below but warning it contains bad language.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      This is what happens when the state gets rid of mental health aid. Him and his wife are menaces to their entire neighborhood. On average there are daily Police calls to their home, sometimes upwards of 6 times a night. if I even live near them again I’ll be pounding on the mayors door expecting him to deal with it. This is why you do not do drugs people!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Well I will never go to the suqi q again.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        Thats right, blame this guys behavior on troy. Got to blame somebody.

        • Spock Reply Report comment

          July 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

          If you watch and listen carefully it appears that Troy (or someone) did some baiting, egging him on and taunting. Hardly calming and no attemp to settle the guy down. Not blaming, just saying……