Man faces attempted murder charge

Son accused of stabbing his father during altercation

STATE CENTER — A State Center man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed his father multiple times during an altercation.

Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman told the Times-Republican that at 6:12 p.m. Saturday, his office received a report of a medical event at 401 S. 5th St. in State Center.

When a sheriff’s deputy arrived, authorities found Randy Wengert, 70, laying in the front yard of the residence, suffering from “obvious trauma.”

The man was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown, and later moved to a trauma unit at a Des Moines hospital. As of press time late Saturday night, Randy Wengert’s condition was unknown.

After initially tending to the the elder Wengert, the deputy then entered the residence and found Wengert’s son, Brian Wengert, 44, who was subsequently identified as a person of interest in the incident.

Hoffman noted Brian Wengert lives at the residence with his father and mother. His mother was inside the residence during the time of the alleged altercation, but was not injured.

Authorities transported the younger Wengert to the Marshalltown hospital for observation initially, but not due to any apparent injury, Hoffman said. Medical officials later released Brian Wengert to the sheriff’s office and deputies took him to the Marshall County Jail, where he remains in custody.

Following an interview with the suspect, the sheriff’s office charged Brian Wengert with attempted murder. Additional charges were pending, following the completion of the investigation, Hoffman said, adding it was not clear as of press time what type of cutting (stabbing) instrument was used in the alleged assault.

Hoffman also said the alleged dispute between father and son appears to be isolated and no other parties were involved.


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