FD teen facing adult charges in gun incident

William Rich, 17, faces two felony charges

William Rich

A teenager facing multiple charges from a reported gun incident in late March is now being charged as an adult in the case.

William Rich, 17, of Fort Dodge, is facing two felony charges for the March 30 incident, as well as other incidents that happened prior to that date.

His charges in the gun incident include conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, a class C felony; going armed with intent, a class D felony; carrying weapons, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and third-degree theft, all aggravated misdemeanors.

On that day, at the intersection of Second Avenue North and North 16th Street, Rich allegedly had an argument with a woman. He then left the area and returned a short time later. allegedly with a loaded handgun, according to criminal complaints filed with the Webster County attorney’s office.

The complaints allege Rich got out of a car and ran towards the woman with the handgun pointed at her.

A 15-year-old accomplice was charged with criminal mischief in the case.

While being detained in a Fort Dodge police vehicle, the 15-year-old broke out a window, sustaining a minor injury to his hand in the process, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Fort Dodge police recovered a firearm on the scene from a storm sewer at that intersection.

In addition to the charges he’s facing for the March 30 case, Rich is also facing four charges for earlier incidents.

On March 28, he allegedly hit a teenage girl in the face and destroyed her cell phone. He is charged with third-degree criminal mischief, an aggravated misdemeanor, and assault, a simple misdemeanor, for that incident.

On March 26, he’s accused of threatening to kill the same teen and punching her in the face. Rich is facing a first-degree harassment charge for that incident. That charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.

He is also charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor, for having naked photos of that same teen on his cell phone.

The complaint stated that Rich had previously been in a relationship with the girl.

Rich made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Thursday morning, accompanied by his attorney, Joseph Tofilon, of Fort Dodge.

After reading the charges against Rich, Magistrate William Habhab set bond in the case at a total of $27,000.

He also issued two no-contact orders; one between Rich and the teen, and one between Rich and the adult victim in the March 30 incident.

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 28.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)

Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today