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Iowa man came to Mason City this morning and allegedly threatened to slit someone’s throat


This news story was published on October 28, 2016.
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MASON CITY – Mason City police acted quickly to apprehend a man who came to town armed with weapons and leveling fatal threats.

Police tell NIT that dangerous situation unfolded just before 2 AM this morning, Friday, October 28. At 1:58 AM, police say, it was initially reported that a known male arrived at a residence in the 500 block of South Massachusetts Avenue, armed with weapons, and made threats. The male then left in a car.

Mason City police officers and Cerro Gordo deputies located the suspect vehicle and occupant(s) near 9th and North Washington and made contact with them there. This is the same location where a shooting took place last week that shattered a woman’s arm. Tomas James Berk, age 21 of Aerdale, Iowa, was arrested for 1st Degree Harassment (an Aggravated Misdemeanor) and jailed. Berk allegedly threatened to slit someone’s throat with a knife.

Police say this case is still under investigation. Charges are pending on some others involved in the on-going incident. The trouble may have started on social media, police reason, saying “it sounds like there may have been some social media posts that led to criminal mischief, possibly followed by Berk’s actions. The groups of young people involved knew each other and this dispute seemed to escalate quickly.”

Berk, Tomas James

Berk, Tomas James

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5 Responses to Iowa man came to Mason City this morning and allegedly threatened to slit someone’s throat

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Aredale? That tiny little sheep f*#king town? What were they fighting over, livestock sexual possession?

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Drugs again???

  3. HJ Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    He came all the way to Mason City from Iowa? Yikes

    • Anonymous By Choice Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

      The story would have been more exciting if it had said the man came from Chicago/Detroit to Mason City, don’t you think?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

        the mugshot of a white guy spoiled that one