UPDATE: Suspect in custody in Lu Verne murder, bank robbery

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Valentino Williams, 35, of Coralville was charged Wednesday night with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Kossuth County District Court.

Jessica Weishaar

ALGONA, Iowa — A Coralville man was arrested Wednesday morning about one hour after allegedly robbing a bank in Lu Verne and shooting to death a bank employee.

Valentino Williams, 35, of 2501 Holiday Road, Coralville, was charged Wednesday night with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Kossuth County District Court.

Law enforcement responded about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of shots fired at the Security State Bank at 102 DeWitt St. in Lu Verne, a town of 126. Jessica Weishaar, 43, of Algona was identified as the victim. Weishaar works for Security State Bank, a locally owned business with four Kossuth County locations.

Emergency responders found Jessica Weishaar, 43, of Algona fatally wounded in front of the bank where she was an employee. She died of “multiple gunshot wounds,” according to court records.

Williams was stopped about one hour later near the 158 mile marker of U.S. Interstate 35 in a black SUV by agents of the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and officers from other agencies.

Authorities were able to identify Williams and his vehicle from video surveillance and eyewitness accounts. According to court records, items of clothing were found along the route Williams allegedly followed from Lu Verne to the interstate, including a ski mask, medical gloves, coat, pants and boots.

Williams is held in the Kossuth County Jail. He was convicted in 2010 of second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and eluding in Johnson County District Court, in 2009 of assault causing bodily injury in Johnson County District Court, in 2000 of second-degree robbery in Scott County District Court and in 1999 of second-degree robbery and second-degree theft in Scott County District Court.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted the Kossuth County Sheriff’s office in the investigation. Other agencies assisting were the Algona Police Department, Algona EMS, Lu Verne Volunteer Fire Department, MercyOne Air Ambulance, Hancock County Sheriff’s office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s office, Winnebago County Sheriff’s office, Iowa State Patrol and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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