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Ames man guilty of child stealing during burglary attempt

AMES – An Ames man has been found guilty of child stealing after a home invasion.

On January 18, 2017 a Story county jury found Akuk Akok guilty of of three felonies after a home invasion that took place almost 2 year ago.  Akok is guilty of Burglary in the First Degree, a Class B felony; Assault while participating in a crime, a Class D felony; and Child Stealing, a Class C Felony. The sentencing date will be March 6, 2017.

The prosecution is a result of a crime that took place in 2015.

According to Ames police, on Friday, May 22, 2015 at approximately 12:50 AM, officers responded to a report of an attempted child abduction at 111 McDonald Drive. According to family members at this address, a black male entered the house while the occupants were sleeping. The suspect forcefully pulled a minor child out of a basement window and struck the child in the face. A family member hearing the commotion chased the suspect to the front yard and retrieved the child as the suspect fled on foot. Officers later located the suspect in the 4300 block of Lincoln Swing.  The suspect was identified as Akuk A. Akok, age 17 of Ames. Amok, wh0 is now 18-years-old, was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) for a mental health evaluation. He was later transported to another medical facility for further mental health evaluation. The child victim sustained minor injuries during the attempted abduction and was transported to MGMC and later released.

Akok was charged as an adult since the charge is a forcible felony and was taken into custody when he was released from the medical facility.

This case was prosecuted by the Story County Attorney’s office in cooperation with Ames Police Department.  ISU Police and the Boone County K9 Unit assisted in the investigation.

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