December 23, 2010

Third Time Not The Charm For Jail Escapee

The third time was not the charm for an Iowa man who was on the lam for roughly 18 hours before being recaptured in Bettendorf, IA, on Wednesday, December 15th.

The arrest of Anthony Koehlhoeffer brought to an end a crime spree that started in Iowa City the previous evening. The 20-year-old suspect is no stranger to local law enforcement authorities, as he twice attempted to flee from Scotland County authorities following his questioning on suspicion of sexual misconduct in 2007, and again in 2008 when he was returned to Memphis on a parole violation.

Koehlhoeffer was facing a series of new charges stemming from a pair of robberies in Iowa when he made his third failed escape attempt. He was being held in Iowa City and had been transported by officers of the Jefferson County, IA, Sheriff's Department, to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for court-ordered treatment when he made another run for it.

According to police reports, he alluded officers at the hospital and escaped to the adjoining campus area where he allegedly assaulted a female student and stole her vehicle.

That started a series of carjackings that spread east toward the quad cities and allegedly involved forcing one driver to take him from Iowa City to Davenport.

Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington stated the escapee was recaptured Wednesday afternoon in Bettendorf by officers from his department and the Davenport Police Department.

Redington stated that Koehlhoeffer had stolen a vehicle in Davenport and officers there had spotted the suspect and initiated a pursuit that ultimately ended up in Bettendorf where the suspect crashed the stolen vehicle, rolling the SUV after crashing it into a sign.

The Scott County Attorney's Office has charged Koehhoeffer with robbery in the second degree, theft in the second degree and felony eluding. First Assistant County Attorney Jerald Feuerbach added that Koehlhoeffer is also facing robbery charges in Jefferson County as well as kidnapping and escape charges in Johnson County.

Koehlhoffer will also face parole violation charges here in Missouri stemming back to his 2007 arrest on suspicion of forcible sexual conduct with a 13-year-old female. Koehlhoeffer, who was age 17 at that time, fled from the sheriff's office, where he had been taken for questioning. He was taken into custody later that evening and ultimately pled guilty to a Class D felony charge of escape from custody. He was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, but the execution of the sentence was suspended and he was placed on five-years probation.

He returned to Memphis in 2008 after being arrested in Iowa on suspicion of burglary. He was being brought back to the Scotland County Sheriff's Department on a parole violation charge, when he again fled from officers. A nearly four-hour chase ensued across much of Memphis before Koehlhoeffer was apprehended by then auxiliary sheriff's department officer Bill Holland.

That ended a tense situation in the community, as the suspects proximity to the school, forced the buildings to go into lockdown mode. The fugitive was apprehended just north of the school's bus barn.

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