Injured Adel man arrested on numerous warrants Tuesday

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Justin Paul Atkins, 32, of Adel was arrested Tuesday on a charge of interference with official acts-bodily injury and on warrants for first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness, false imprisonment, obstruction of emergency communications, first-degree harassment, first-offense stalking, two counts of trespassing, third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Adel man was arrested Tuesday night on Dallas County warrants in connection with incidents occurring between Sept. 6 and Sept. 18 in which he allegedly assaulted an Adel woman and committed numerous other crimes.

Justin Paul Atkins, 32, of 412 S. 12th St., Adel, was charged with interference with official acts-bodily injury and arrested on warrants for first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness, false imprisonment, obstruction of emergency communications, first-degree harassment, first-offense stalking, two counts of trespassing, third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Raccoon River Valley Trail near the Adel brickyard, where a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff made contact with Atkins, “who appeared to be in pain” and was found “to have a large laceration on his upper forehead, and it was bleeding heavily,” according to court records.

The Dallas County EMS was paged to the scene.

Atkins told the deputy that “he had just been assaulted by two subjects and hit in the head with a baseball bat,” but Atkins “could not provide” a description of the assailants, according to court records. Atkins told the deputy that “he needed to go to a hospital and “he needed to get to his Dad’s house.”

The deputy advised Atkins to be seated and wait for the EMS to transport him, but Atkins “continued to keep walking east on the bike trail,” according to court records. When Atkins “did not comply” with the deputy’s directions, the deputy “attempted to grab his arm to restrain him from leaving,” but Atkins “slipped away” and “began to run east.”

The deputy caught Atkins and “assisted him to the ground near a bush on the bike trail,” where he was “detained in handcuffs” after “a short struggle.”

The Dallas County EMS treated Atkins at the scene before transporting him to the hospital for further treatment. He was later released from the hospital and transported to the Dallas County Jail by the Adel Police Department.

The deputy sustained a “laceration” on the finger during the arrest of Atkins.

Atkins is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 30 in Dallas County District Court.

Atkins was convicted of third-degree harassment in 2021 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2014 in Madison County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2009 in Humboldt County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2009 in Pocahontas County District Court. He was convicted of ongoing criminal conduct in 2008 in Audubon County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2008 in Cass County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2008 in Shelby County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree burglary in 2008 in Guthrie County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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