Police identify suspects, victim in homicide

South Dakota man killed; suspect considered armed and dangerous

Damion Chavez

Fort Dodge police have arrested a 16-year-old and are looking for a 19-year-old suspect in connection to the shooting death of a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg.

The shooting was reported at 8:05 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of A Street West.

A short time later, officers and paramedics with the Fort Dodge Fire Department found Mohammed Yaqoub, 28, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, outside of a brown house that is behind the Tom Thumb Drive Inn restaurant. Yaqoub was unresponsive.

Paramedics performed life-saving measures on Yaqoub, but were unsuccessful.

“The injuries were too severe and the male was pronounced dead,” Gruenberg said.

Damion Chavez

The death of Yaqoub marks the second homicide in Fort Dodge within the past two weeks. The Rev. Al Henderson was killed Oct. 2.

There have been a total of two homicides in Fort Dodge in 2019.

Gruenberg reported Yaqoub suffered from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators later determined the people involved had arranged to meet each other for a drug deal, according Gruenberg.

Police believe Yaqoub was visiting the Fort Dodge area and did not live in the community.

According to Gruenberg, investigators also believe the area where the shooting occurred “had no significance, other than being a place to meet.”

“We have reason to believe that those involved had arranged to meet prior to this incident, isolating this incident to those directly involved,” Gruenberg said.

Police arrested the 16-year-old early Saturday morning. The teenager is charged with first-degree aiding and abetting robbery, a Class B felony. That person has been transported to the Central Iowa Detention Center in Eldora to await further court proceedings.

Police are not releasing the teenager’s name at this time.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Damion Lamont Chavez, of Fort Dodge.

According to police, Chavez has outstanding arrest warrants for first-degree murder, a Class A felony; and first-degree robbery, a Class B felony.

Police described Chavez as an African American man, standing at about 5 foot, 11 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds.

Webster County Crimestoppers are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the direct whereabouts or apprehension of Chavez.

Chavez is considered armed and dangerous.

“We are continuing to follow up on information being provided and encourage those who may have knowledge of this incident to contact law enforcement,” Gruenberg said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1424. They can also anonymously report information to Webster County Crime Stoppers by calling 573-1444, visiting www.wccrimestoppers.com or texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.


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