Murder suspect sought

The Marshalltown Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old Marshalltown man, after they say he shot and killed a Marshalltown man late Saturday night.

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said arrest warrants have been issued for Jose Enrique Morales on charges of first-degree murder (Class A felony) and going armed with intent (aggravated misdemeanor).

According to the MPD, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 1203 West Church St., to investigate a report of a shooting incident.

Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel discovered the victim, Dedrikk Montrell Fisher, 20, of Marshalltown, who had suffered a gunshot wound. Fisher was transported to Central Iowa Healthcare (formerly Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center), where he died at the hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Tupper told the Times-Republican the 9-1-1 call was made from others who were at the residence on West Church Street. He said it’s not clear thus far as to whether or not Fisher was a resident at that location.

“At this point, we don’t know why he was there,” Tupper said.

The police chief also told the T-R it appears Fisher knew Morales.

“We believe the victim was shot by someone he knew,” he said. “This wasn’t a stranger.”

Tupper also confirmed there were witnesses to the shooting, which allowed the MPD to identify Morales as the gunman.

As to what led to the shooting, Tupper said that information is still being gathered as well as the type of gun that was used.

The MPD has requested investigative assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation – standard procedure for the department in murder investigations, Tupper said.

The police chief said Morales should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a white Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair, standing 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing about 150 lbs.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Saturday’s murder is the latest in a string of violent incidents over the past six weeks in Marshalltown that have kept local law enforcement officials busy.

On Dec. 6, officials discovered the body of a Tama man at the Sunset Village Trailer Park. Police later charged James Robert Head, 18, of Marshalltown, with first-degree murder in the death of Adam Paul Garrett, 32.

On Dec. 17, an early-morning shooting between two MPD officers and another Marshalltown man, Andrew Jay Worsfold, 25, resulted in Worsfold’s death. Worsfold was armed with a .45-caliber Glock handgun when officers made contact with him near the area of Second Avenue and Linn Street. A DCI investigation later determined that Worsfold “almost immediately produced the Glock handgun and threatened the officers with it by pointing it at them.” The officers ordered Worsfold to drop the weapon, but Worsfold fired one round at the officers and the officers, in self defense, returned gunfire striking Worsfold twice.

On Jan. 4, the MPD was called to the Flamingo Motel along Iowa Avenue West, where they discovered a woman had been shot in the chest. Authorities arrested and charged Jean Carlos Martinez-Velazquez, 31, of Marshalltown, with attempted murder. The woman is recovering from her injuries.

This past Wednesday, Espiridion “Eddie” De Los Santos, 24, of Marshalltown, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and arson after a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s mother.

De Los Santos allegedly doused the two women with gasoline and then set both women on fire – both of them seriously injured.

In Sunday’s Marshall Times special section, Tupper said the recent incidents have been difficult for his department and the community.

“The past couple months have been a challenging and difficult time for our community. There have been several high profile law enforcement incidents and we have dealt with a cycle of violent crime we all would rather not see. It is unfortunate when these types of events occur. I know Marshalltown residents are concerned, and I share and understand their concerns,” he wrote.

“I want everyone to know that despite the recent events, we have a safe community. Violent crime remains a low frequency occurrence in Marshalltown. When violent crimes do occur, they generate a lot of attention and media coverage. It then feels like things are worse than they really are. We are working on our annual report for 2014, and we will certainly analyze the trends. Based on the preliminary data, I do not believe our violent crime rate is increasing. I am also proud to report when these crimes do occur, they are resolved quickly.

“We are very fortunate to have dedicated professionals serving in our police department. Everyone working at the Marshalltown Police Department is working tirelessly each day to provide quality public safety services. I am proud of their work … The members of the police department continue to accomplish amazing things despite recent challenges. We always hear about the highprofile incidents. It is easy to forget that when these attention grabbing events take place the normal problems of the day continue. MPD staff work to address the high-profile and normal problems with prompt and professional service.

“Despite the problems we have faced the past few weeks, Marshalltown has rallied, and so has the MPD. Over that time, the police department has received hundreds of messages of support and thanks from community members. On behalf of the men and women serving in your police department, thank you! Your messages, cards and words of support have meant a great deal to all of us.”

Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com

Murder suspect sought

The Marshalltown Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old Marshalltown man, after they say he shot and killed a Marshalltown man late Saturday night.

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said arrest warrants have been issued for Jose Enrique Morales on charges of first-degree murder (Class A felony) and going armed with intent (aggravated misdemeanor).

According to the MPD, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 1203 West Church St., to investigate a report of a shooting incident.

Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel discovered the victim, Dedrikk Montrell Fisher, 20, of Marshalltown, who had suffered a gunshot wound. Fisher was transported to Central Iowa Healthcare (formerly Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center), where he died at the hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Tupper told the Times-Republican the 9-1-1 call was made from others who were at the residence on West Church Street. He said it’s not clear thus far as to whether or not Fisher was a resident at that location.

“At this point, we don’t know why he was there,” Tupper said.

The police chief also told the T-R it appears Fisher knew Morales.

“We believe the victim was shot by someone he knew,” he said. “This wasn’t a stranger.”

Tupper also confirmed there were witnesses to the shooting, which allowed the MPD to identify Morales as the gunman.

As to what led to the shooting, Tupper said that information is still being gathered as well as the type of gun that was used.

The MPD has requested investigative assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation – standard procedure for the department in murder investigations, Tupper said.

The police chief said Morales should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a white Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair, standing 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing about 150 lbs.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Saturday’s murder is the latest in a string of violent incidents over the past six weeks in Marshalltown that have kept local law enforcement officials busy.

On Dec. 6, officials discovered the body of a Tama man at the Sunset Village Trailer Park. Police later charged James Robert Head, 18, of Marshalltown, with first-degree murder in the death of Adam Paul Garrett, 32.

On Dec. 17, an early-morning shooting between two MPD officers and another Marshalltown man, Andrew Jay Worsfold, 25, resulted in Worsfold’s death. Worsfold was armed with a .45-caliber Glock handgun when officers made contact with him near the area of Second Avenue and Linn Street. A DCI investigation later determined that Worsfold “almost immediately produced the Glock handgun and threatened the officers with it by pointing it at them.” The officers ordered Worsfold to drop the weapon, but Worsfold fired one round at the officers and the officers, in self defense, returned gunfire striking Worsfold twice.

On Jan. 4, the MPD was called to the Flamingo Motel along Iowa Avenue West, where they discovered a woman had been shot in the chest. Authorities arrested and charged Jean Carlos Martinez-Velazquez, 31, of Marshalltown, with attempted murder. The woman is recovering from her injuries.

This past Wednesday, Espiridion “Eddie” De Los Santos, 24, of Marshalltown, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and arson after a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s mother.

De Los Santos allegedly doused the two women with gasoline and then set both women on fire – both of them seriously injured.

In Sunday’s Marshall Times special section, Tupper said the recent incidents have been difficult for his department and the community.

“The past couple months have been a challenging and difficult time for our community. There have been several high profile law enforcement incidents and we have dealt with a cycle of violent crime we all would rather not see. It is unfortunate when these types of events occur. I know Marshalltown residents are concerned, and I share and understand their concerns,” he wrote.

“I want everyone to know that despite the recent events, we have a safe community. Violent crime remains a low frequency occurrence in Marshalltown. When violent crimes do occur, they generate a lot of attention and media coverage. It then feels like things are worse than they really are. We are working on our annual report for 2014, and we will certainly analyze the trends. Based on the preliminary data, I do not believe our violent crime rate is increasing. I am also proud to report when these crimes do occur, they are resolved quickly.

“We are very fortunate to have dedicated professionals serving in our police department. Everyone working at the Marshalltown Police Department is working tirelessly each day to provide quality public safety services. I am proud of their work … The members of the police department continue to accomplish amazing things despite recent challenges. We always hear about the highprofile incidents. It is easy to forget that when these attention grabbing events take place the normal problems of the day continue. MPD staff work to address the high-profile and normal problems with prompt and professional service.

“Despite the problems we have faced the past few weeks, Marshalltown has rallied, and so has the MPD. Over that time, the police department has received hundreds of messages of support and thanks from community members. On behalf of the men and women serving in your police department, thank you! Your messages, cards and words of support have meant a great deal to all of us.”

Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com