Rolfe man faces attempted murder charge

Clark arrested in Ottumwa, accused of stabbing wife

William Clark

ROLFE — A Rolfe man is accused of trying to kill his wife by stabbing her, authorities in Pocahontas County said.

William Andrew Clark, 35, faces an attempted murder charge, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department. He is also charged with willful injury, going armed with intent, domestic abuse with a weapon, and two counts of false imprisonment.

The Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department said they responded to an unidentified home in Rolfe around 9:52 p.m. Friday after receiving two 911 calls regarding the stabbing.

Clark had fled the scene by the time authorities arrived.

Two other people told the Sheriff’s Department they had also been assaulted by Clark, who they said was armed with a knife. One of them was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of what the Sheriff’s Department called non-life-threatening injuries. No information about the other victim was available.

Authorities also did not disclose the extent of the wife’s injuries.

Clark was arrested Saturday night in Ottumwa after an extensive search. He was originally taken to the Wapello County Jail.

He is being held in the Pocahontas County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bond.

No information on a preliminary hearing could be found on Iowa Courts Online.

The Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by the Pocahontas Police Department, Laurens Police Department, and ambulances from both Rolfe and Pocahontas.


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