Suspect at large after crashing into MHS Roundhouse

Police seek public’s help

T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Trucks and staff from Marshalltown Community School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department are shown Friday morning on the north side of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. Staff were dispatched to the scene to make immediate repairs after a suspect or suspects crashed a stolen truck into the doors. Marshalltown police are requesting the public’s help in identifying perpetrators.

The Marshalltown Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect or suspects who crashed a stolen truck into the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse north side doors early Friday morning.

Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said a passer-by reported a truck had crashed into the Roundhouse.

Personnel responded to the scene at approximately 4:15 a.m., discovered the truck, but reported a suspect or suspects were at-large.

“We are still investigating,” said Batterson. “We did confirm the truck was stolen. Part of our work will be viewing tapes from MHS video surveillance cameras.”

It was unclear at press time how much damage was done to the building, which has recenty undergone signigicant remodeling.

“It was an unfortunate incident and we are helping the MPD with their investigation,” said Marshalltown Community School District Communications Director Andrew Potter in an email to the Times-Republican. “We thank local law enforcement for their efforts and our buildings and grounds workers who were on scene promptly. The mess resulting from the damage to the doors has been cleaned and the area is secure, with a full replacement of the doors as soon as possible. The gym remains open for regular use by our athletes.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the MPD, 641-754-5725 or the Marshall County Crime Stoppers. Tips can be submitted by telephone, text message or an Internet website.

The Crime Stoppers phone line is answered at all hours, seven days a week, at 641-753-1234. Calls are answered by Marshall County Communications Center operators.

Text messages can be sent to 247637 (CRIMES). Tips can be submitted online at