On its way to the hospital early Friday morning, a vehicle containing a stabbing victim was stopped by police, leading to an investigation and arrest hours later.
At approximately 3:10 a.m. Friday, an Ottumwa police officer stopped a vehicle in the 1900 block of East Main Street.
During the stop, the officer discovered that the passenger in the vehicle, a 40-year-old male, was suffering from multiple stab wounds. The officer further learned that the stabbing allegedly happened at Royal Rest Motel, 2211 Roemer Ave., which sits opposite of Stardust Motel.
The victim was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center for treatment and remained there as of press time Friday. Sgt. Steve Kovacs did not give out the condition of the victim.
At around noon Friday, a suspect was identifed and arrested in the 400 block of North Jefferson Street: Clint Michael Loveall, 34, of Ottumwa.
He was charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony. He is currently being held in Wapello County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Loveall was not the driver of the vehicle involved in the traffic stop, Kovacs said. The driver was in the process of transporting the victim to the hospital when he or she was stopped.
The full release from the Ottumwa Police Department:
On April 5th, 2013, at approximately 3:10 A.M., an Ottumwa Police Officer stopped a vehicle in the 1900 block of E. Main Street in Ottumwa. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, the officer learned a passenger in the vehicle was suffering from multiple stab wounds. The officer further learned the stabbing was reported to have occurred at The Royal Rest Motel located at 2211 Roemer Avenue in Ottumwa. The victim of the stabbing was subsequently transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center for treatment of his injuries.
Based on the initial investigation, a suspect was identified and subsequently arrested on April 5th, 2013, at approximately 12:00 P.M. The suspect has been identified as 34 year-old Clint Michael Loveall of Ottumwa. Loveall was charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, a class “B” felony, and was transported to the Wapello County Jail. He is currently being held on a $25,000.00 bond.