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Two men arrested in relation to Ottumwa shooting

OTTUMWA - The Ottumwa Police Department has arrested two suspects in relation to a shooting Friday.

Adolfo De Avila, 20, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with prohibited acts, possession of Xanax, a serious misdemeanor, and various traffic related offenses. De Avila was the driver of the truck that police pulled over.

The passenger of the truck was identified as Desmond Allen Lamont Lovelady-Brown, 21, of Des Moines. Lovelady-Brown was arrested and charged with carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The two men were arrested after dispatch received a 911 call at 1:52 a.m. Friday reporting gunshots near the area of Williams and Moore Street.

According to a news release from the Ottumwa Police Department, police officers responded and located a truck leaving the area where the shots were reported. Police stopped the vehicle and found a loaded handgun.

While officers were speaking to the occupants of the truck, a victim arrived at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Emergency Room suffering from gunshot wounds to his leg.

The victim was identified as Taylor James Walker, 18, of Ottumwa. Walker told police that he was robbed of property that was on his person by four suspects that were concealing their identity, and was subsequently shot by the suspects. The victim could not provide a specific location where the robbery occurred but indicated it was in the area where the report of gunshots was heard.

Officers searched the truck and found additional evidence relating to the robbery of the victim. Police believe the suspects in the truck might have disposed of potential evidence while they were trying to avoid detection by police.

“We request citizens living between Sheridan Street west to Ward Street and South of Church Street to Williams Street check their yards and surrounding property for items that might be out of place and possibly evidence of a shooting,” stated the news release. “If anything suspicious is located, they are requested to contact the Ottumwa Police Department and a police officer will respond to examine the item.”

Officers also suspect there are additional witnesses to the crime who have not come forward yet. Those with information relating to the case are asked to contact the Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661.