Car theft suspect accused of assaulting inmate

The Marshalltown man accused in the theft of a rare sports car last month has now been charged in connection with another inmate’s injuries at the Marshall County Jail.

Patrick Allen Chamberlin, 49, was formerly charged Friday with willful injury, a Class C felony, in Marshall County District Court Friday after an incident earlier this week in which he is alleged to have broken another inmate’s jaw.

No other details were immediately available as of press time Friday.

Chamberlin is currently in custody on a number of charges, including first-degree theft, after authorities arrested him on July 27 when he was found operating a replica 1966 Ford GT40 that had been reported stolen two days earlier.

The car, originally a bright yellow in color and belonging to Marshall County Supervisor Steve Salasek, had been altered in its appearance, painted black. Requests from the Marshalltown Police Department seeking information via social media for any information to the vehicle’s location yielded numerous hits and shared posts on the city of Marshalltown’s and Times-Republican’s Facebook pages. A tip from one citizen led authorities to the vehicle and Chamberlin’s subsequent arrest.

Chamberlin remain in custody in the jail on not only the new willful injury charge, but more than 30 other charges including several theft charges, ongoing criminal conduct, identity theft, multiple counts of forgery, drug possession charges and several miscellaneous traffic offenses.

His next court appearance for the willful injury charge is slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 5. Meanwhile, he is also scheduled to appear in court this Monday, Aug. 28 for arraignment on some of the other charges.