Police searching for suspect in assault case

Alleged sexual assault happened earlier this month

ANKENY - Four suspects have been arrested, and police are searching for a fifth suspect for an alleged rape that occurred in an apartment near the Ankeny DMACC campus. 

On October 1, police officers were dispatched to an apartment complex at 1210 SW 28th Street on a report of a sexual assault. Police say an adult female indicated that she was assaulted by multiple assailants with whom she was acquainted with.

Now, four individuals have been arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault. Albert Valle of Ankeny, Jessie Teah of Des Moines, Jeffery O’Hara of Ankeny and a fourth seventeen-year-old juvenile from Altoona have all been arrested. 

Ankeny Police need the public’s help in finding a fifth suspect. A warrant has been issued for Jamonte Jamal Luckett of Altoona, pictured below, who is also being charged with second-degree assault. 

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Luckett, contact Ankeny Police at 515-286-3333. You can remain anonymous by calling the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400. 

The alleged group sexual assault is causing concern for DMACC students who live in the Campus Town Apartments in Ankeny.

"I was really surprised because I've never been so close to something like that, so it was really surprising to know that it actually does happen, anywhere," said Caleb Crossett, a first-year DMACC student and apartment resident.

Still, many students who live in the Campus Town Apartments feel protected.

"It's definitely a scary thought," said DMACC student Hannah Ginsberg. "I felt bad for the person that it happened to because that's something that nobody should ever go through, but do I feel less safe about living here? No."

Criminal complaints detail the sexually violent nature of the incident. One report shows Teah, one of the suspects, "held [the victim] by her throat and covered her mouth, causing her to partially lose consciousness."

Local 5's Orko Manna spoke to the victim's father on Monday afternoon. He says his daughter just moved to the Campus Town Apartments one month ago and planned on starting classes at DMACC in January. He says the alleged attack happened at his daughter's birthday party -- she had just turned 18.

With a suspect still on the loose, other students in the area are on high alert.

"It's definitely something to keep an eye out now, especially as a female student," said DMACC student Meghan Collett.

And students who live in the apartments want those responsible to be caught.

"I still see cops kind of roam the parking lot at night, so I know that something's still going on and to know that those criminals are still out there, and haven't been caught yet, is disgusting, it's terrible," Crossett said.

Again, if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Luckett, contact Ankeny Police at 515-286-3333. You can remain anonymous by calling the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400. 


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