HCSO K9 Axel Helps Bring Two Fugitives to Justice

On Monday January 29th, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol on an active vehicle pursuit that began southbound on Hwy 61 near G56 (Sheriff’s Office Rd) for multiple infractions at 9:45AM. Sheriff’s Deputies would be in the area and immediately assist.

The suspect vehicle would continue at speeds well over 100MPH and drive recklessly. The small SUV would then attempt to pass on the shoulder near Newport Junction. The vehicle would lose control, wreck and rollover in the shoulder. Two suspects would immediately flee on foot, one suspect was taken into custody a short distance away after attempting to hide behind a semi.

Tevin Marion, 29, Fort Madison was taken into custody. The other suspect had fled to the west of the accident and disappeared in the fog/timberline, appearing to be without shoes while fleeing.

The following agencies then would assist; Columbus Junction Police Dept., Henry County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, Iowa State Patrol, Louisa County EMA, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa County Dispatch, Wapello Ambulance, Wapello Fire and Rescue, the Winfield Police Department and multiple bystanders. All played a vital role in K9 searching, Drone operations, perimeter watch and communications. After an approximate 4 hour and over 3-mile track, the suspect was seen, after slowly tracking the suspect and setting up closer perimeter, Deputies announced their presence and HCSO K9 Axel and Deputies would assist by holding the suspect to which he would surrender without any further incident.

The suspect was further identified as Brian Smith, age 30, of Florida who may have multiple aliases. Both arrested parties were provided medical care and transported to the Louisa County Jail where the Iowa State Patrol have charged them with Felony Eluding upon many other traffic violations, they both remain on $5,000 cash only local bonds and both have outstanding felony warrants in other counties for locally committed burglaries .

All agencies worked together seamlessly to bring these individuals to justice. A big thank you to ALL! Pictured are the arrestees as well as the GPS tracked route the suspect took to elude Law Enforcement.

*Suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*