The Ottumwa Courier

June 14, 2013

Police searching for suspect


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department is asking the public's help in locating a suspect in a sexual assault case.

The OPD reported that on Friday, law enforcement received a report that a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted. During the course of the initial investigation, a suspect was identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest — Blake Edward Babcock, 30, of Ottumwa. He is described as a white male, 5’11’’ tall, weighing approximately 170 lbs., with hazel eyes and brown hair.

The OPD said that if anyone has information on Babcock’s whereabouts, they are requested to call 641-683-0661. Individuals reporting information to the OPD can remain anonymous.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Updated at 9 p.m. Friday:

Babcock was located and arrested on Friday. He has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and incest, a Class D felony. He is currently being held in lieu of a $15,000 bond.