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Cops catch Ames murder suspect driving away from crime scene in middle of night

AMES – Cops caught an Ames murder suspect driving away from crime scene in the middle of night.

On August 19, 2021, at 6:10 p.m., the Ames Police Department conducted a welfare check at an apartment at 5308 Mortensen Road. Officers entered the apartment and found a deceased female inside. Based on the initial investigation, it appeared the deceased died as a result of a homicide. The deceased was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.

Follow-up investigation by the Ames Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified the suspect as Oscar Chavez, age 26, of Ames.

A Sac county sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Auburn, Iowa, on the night of August 19, 2021, stopped a vehicle for an alleged stop sign violation around 11:55 PM. The driver of vehicle was evasive with questions and could not produce an identification. The driver was also complaining of a potential medical issue. Further investigation led to some paperwork being located within the vehicle that identified the driver as 26-year-old Oscar Chavez of Ames. Chavez then told the deputy that he had shot and killed his girlfriend in Ames. Ames police was contacted and confirmed that Chavez was a suspect in a homicide that had occurred earlier in the evening. Chavez was taken into custody with incident and transported to Loring Hospital and then to the Sac County Sheriffs Office. Detectives from Ames Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation traveled to Sac County where they took custody of Chavez and his vehicle. He was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree, a class “A” felony. Chavez is being held in the Story County Jail.

The Ames Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate this incident. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

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