ESTHERVILLE, IOWA – An east coast man was arrested for burglarizing a dorm room at Iowa Lakes Community College Campus, then he escaped jail after injuring a jailer.
On Monday, January 28, 2019, Estherville Police took a wanted suspect into custody following a plea for assistance from the public on their Facebook Page. Officers had been searching for a suspect wanted in connection of a Burglary of a room on Iowa Lakes Community College Campus since it was reported shortly after midnight on January 27th, 2019.
On Sunday Morning at approximately 12:27 am, Estherville Officers responded to a 911 call to the campus of Iowa Lakes Community College at a dormitory room. The caller advised that there were subjects in a dormitory room that had been involved in an assault. Upon the arrival of officers, it was determined that the 911 caller was actually the intruder that had entered the dormitory. The Burglary suspect had entered the room and confronted the occupants with what appeared to be a handgun. The suspect then assaulted at least one of the occupants causing injury or mental illness. The suspect was also assaulted during his invasion to the dormitory room.
Investigating officers applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Divine Roman Watkins, age 19, of Dover, Delaware. The warrant was issued for Burglary in the 1st Degree. Burglary in the 1st Degree is a Class B Felony. A Class B Felony is punishable by a prison sentence of no more than 25 years.
Officers had been trying to locate Watkins since he left the dormitory room but had been unable to find him. On Monday, January 28th, officers again worked tirelessly to locate Watkins. He was eventually located at approximately 3:35 pm at an apartment on West Central Avenue in Estherville. Watkins was taken into custody on the warrant and remains in the Emmet County Jail on a 1st Degree Burglary Charge.
Additional charges are pending in this case.
Then, on February 1, 2019 at 7:20 PM, an Emmet County Jail inmate, one Divine Rome Watkins physically assaulted the Emmet County Jailer on duty and was able to escape out of a jail door that the jailer had just opened. Divine Watkins then ran on foot out of the law enforcement center’s officer door. Off duty Estherville Officers and Emmet County Deputies were called in. Divine Rome Watkins was located and apprehended at 7:58 PM by the Estherville Police Department’s dog handler and Max.
Devine Rome Watkins now faces additional charges of; Escape from custody (Class D Felony) and Assault on persons in certain occupation (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
Emmet County Sheriff’s Department