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Le Mars man charged after reports of burglary, assault

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Le Mars man is being held in the Plymouth County Jail after he was arrested Friday at a residence in southwest Le Mars where he is accused of assaulting an 11-year-old female.

Matthew Roland Jandreau, 19, of 201 1/2 First Ave. S.E., is charged with burglary in the first degree, kidnapping in the third degree, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, operating without owner's consent, public intoxication, operating while under the influence and theft in the fifth degree.

Police filed the charges after investigating a string of crimes they said included a disturbance at a business, a theft of a van from a residence, an attempted break-in at a home and a burglary and assault at another home.

Jandreau was arrested after 911 calls were made to the Plymouth County Communication Center beginning at 9:55 a.m. Friday.

However, Le Mars Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga said a series of crimes Jandreau is accused of committing began earlier in the morning after customers at the Le Mars Truck Stop, 321 Fifth Ave. S.W., asked a man to leave.

They said he was creating a disturbance, Dekkenga said. The public intoxication charge against Jandreau was filed for the incident reported at the truck stop.

The man left and police later determined a van owned by Emily Palsma parked in a driveway at the Dan Krause residence, 115 Fourth Ave. S.W. was taken.

Jandreau is accused of backing the van into the street and leaving the vehicle in the street.

Palsma's purse was taken from the van and was later found in a residence two blocks away where the 11-year-old female was reported to have been assaulted.

Police came to the scene Friday when a burglary in progress was reported at 127 Third Ave. S.W.

The person calling 911 said a male was trying to kick in the door to the home. The man did not get into the house.

Another 911 call was made from a home at 126 Second Ave. S.W., which is one block east of the first call.

The communication center dispatcher could hear a female screaming on the phone, police reported.

Officers went to the Second Avenue address and followed the sounds of the screaming to the basement of the home.

They found Jandreau with an 11-year-old girl. He is accused of assaulting her with his fists several times.

Investigators believe Jandreau forced his way into the home and grabbed the phone away from the girl and also forced her into the basement.

The girl was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital to be treated for unknown injuries, according to a police press release.

She was later released from the hospital.

She was the only person in the home and was not in school because she was ill, police reported.

Jandreau was intoxicated and resisted arrest, but no weapons were involved, Dekkenga said.

The suspect is charged with felonies for incidents involving the residence at 126 Second Ave. S.W. he is accused of breaking into and where the assault allegedly occurred.

Those charges are burglary in the first degree, a Class B felony; kidnapping in the third degree, a Class C felony and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, a Class D felony.

He is not charged with sexual assault.

Jandreau is also charged with theft in the fifth degree for the theft of Palsma's purse from the van and operating without owner's consent and operating while under the influence for incidents with Palsma's van.

Police were assisted by Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department.

"We're pretty confident this was completely random," Dekkenga said about the burglary attempt and burglary.

Reports about the incidents with details are still being prepared by officers, Dekkenga said.

At this point, he is not expecting additional charges.

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