Juveniles Jump Victim During Cell Phone Transaction

The Fairfield Police Department responded to a report of an assault at 3:50am on January 2nd. Upon arrival to the 50 Block of West Burlington Avenue, officers learned that the victim was meeting with a subject to sell a cellphone. The victim discovered that the money being used to purchase the phone was fraudulent.

When attempting to retrieve the cell phone, the victim was assaulted by four juvenile subjects. They fled from the scene in a vehicle with the cell phone. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to assist in locating the subject’s vehicle.

Deputies located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop near Filbert Avenue. The Fairfield Police Department officers continued their investigation and found counterfeit money and the stolen cell phone.

While officers were taking the juveniles into custody, one of the juveniles resisted arrest and assaulted one of the officers on scene.

All juveniles are being held at the Southern Iowa Area Juvenile Detention Center, pending a court appearance. The identity of the juveniles will be withheld and no further information will be released.

The charges are as follows:

Juvenile A:

-Robbery 2nd Degree (Class C Felony)

Juvenile B:

-Robbery 2nd Degree (Class C Felony)

Juvenile C:

-Robbery 2nd Degree (Class C Felony)

-Forgery (Class D Felony)

Juvenile D:

-Robbery 2nd Degree (Class C Felony)

-Interference with Official Acts (Simple Misdemeanor)

-Assault on a Peace Officer