Fugitive Bryant captured in Dubuque


DUBUQUE — Marshall County fugitive Chad Matthew Bryant has been apprehended.

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said U.S. Marshals made the arrest Tuesday in Dubuque, where he was later booked into the Dubuque County Jail.

“We made a concerted effort to locate him,” said Tupper, whose department, as well as the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, had been looking for Bryant for roughly the past three weeks.

Authorities issued a warrant last month for Bryant, 29, alleging he violated the terms of his probation stemming from multiple criminal cases in Marshall County. Bryant walked away from a court-ordered treatment facility in the Des Moines area and had not been seen since.

As to Bryant, he contacted the Times-Republican via social media shortly after he left treatment and admitted he violated the terms of his probation.

“I’m struggling once again,” he wrote. “I screwed up at treatment and now I’m discharged staying at a damn hotel again in Marshalltown, unhappy and lost, looking for a solution and some way to fix this big ass mess. I got no one to turn to, no one that can help me and I’ve come too far to change my life around and do good … I want to continue getting help and making progress. I am pretty sad and lost right now … and I apologize.”

Bryant was the subject of several highly-publicized incidents involving the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the MPD.

He began his run from the law on April 2, 2015 after an assault on a Des Moines television station’s cameraman by pouring water on his head.

Two television crews were camped outside Bryant’s Le Grand home preparing to do reports for the noon news as a result of an April 1 incident involving Bryant when he exited the house and confronted the cameraman.

Bryant, his girlfriend Kylie Price, and four others were first arrested early the morning of April 1 on a variety of charges including false imprisonment, child endangerment and drug possession.

Subsequent searches by the sheriff’s office of the house shared by Bryant and Price in Le Grand, as well as two storage units in Marshalltown registered under Bryant’s name, revealed weapons, stolen property and drug paraphernalia.

A second incident in July of 2015, involved a stolen car at an Ames dealership, and resulted in Bryant being apprehended.

But in September of this year, Bryant, facing 82 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 22 charges ranging from child endangerment to burglary to drug possession, was offered strict, supervised probation. As part of his probation, Bryant was ordered to complete the “Bridges of Iowa” substance abuse prevention program, followed by residing at a halfway house, GPS monitoring and random urine analysis among other conditions.

As of press time Tuesday, it was not clear when Bryant will be returned to Marshall County or when his next court appearance will take place. However, Marshall County Sheriff-elect Steve Hoffman confirmed with the T-R that his office will be making arrangements to transport Bryant back to Marshall County.