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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Worth County Suspect Taken Into Custody

Northwood, IOWA --- On August 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female requesting help at Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa.

Deputies responded and located a female with severe injuries. Deputies learned that the suspect, Tyrone Washington Jr. (39) had fled the scene and taken the victim’s car, a silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. 

The female caller was transported to Mercy Hospital North Iowa by the Mason City Fire Department but later died from her injuries.  Based on information learned during the investigation, law enforcement issued an attempt to locate bulletin on the suspect and the missing Pontiac Grand Prix.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for today, August 6, 2013 at the State Medical Examiner's Office. The victim's identity will be released upon completion of the autopsy and notification of family.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance in the investigation from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Division of Intelligence, Mason City Police Department, Manly Police Department, Northwood Fire and Rescue, and Mason City Fire Department.

At approximately 3:30 PM, the Pontiac was spotted by an Iowa State Trooper heading eastbound on Interstate 80 near the 276 mile marker.  The trooper attempted to stop the car and a pursuit ensued.  The suspect left the roadway near the 289 mile marker and drove through corn and bean fields along the interstate.  During the pursuit, intentional vehicle contact was used, resulting in damage to the Pontiac and State Patrol vehicles. Tyrone Washington Jr. was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail where he is being held on various traffic charges related to the pursuit.

The agencies involved in the pursuit and apprehension include the Iowa State Patrol, Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Walcott Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Additional information should be available later today in an updated press release. Additional questions can be directed to Special Agent in Charge Mike Krapfl at 563-599-4239.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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