Fort Dodge man arrested for attempted murder

Suspect drove onto sidewalk to hit pedestrian

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
A white car with damage to the windshield is parked along North 10th Street Saturday evening as a Fort Dodge police vehicle drives past. An area just down the street in front of First Baptist Church was roped off with police tape. The Fort Dodge Police Department and Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene to investigate.

A Fort Dodge man was arrested over the weekend on charges of attempted murder after police say he intentionally hit a pedestrian with his vehicle on Saturday night.

According to a release from the Fort Dodge Police Department, Fort Dodge resident Edward E. Brown, 52, is charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony; willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony; and assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Webster County Telecommunications Center received a call at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday night indicating that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle in the 10 block of North 10th Street. When officers and medics arrived, they located 57-year-old James Altman, of Fort Dodge, laying on the sidewalk with “significant injuries.” Altman was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center by ambulance before being transferred to a Des Moines medical center for further treatment.

According to witnesses, a white Jaguar car was traveling northbound on North 10th Street and shortly behind, Altman was traveling northbound on foot.

At some point, the Jaguar, allegedly driven by Brown, turned around to head southbound at a high rate of speed and drove onto the sidewalk to hit Altman. Brown was still on the scene when officers arrived.

Law enforcement did not have an update on Altman’s condition on Monday, but said he was in stable condition with serious injuries at the time of the incident.

The Fort Dodge Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. They were assisted by the Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol.


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