No one hit
Storm Lake Police are turning to the public for help in searching out Juaquin Pineda, 25, of Storm Lake, the suspect in three separate gunfire incidents in Storm Lake late Monday night into the early morning hours Tuesday.
No one was injured in the gunfire.
Pineda is considered armed and very dangerous, possibly suicidal. "If anyone sees him, they should not approach him - call police immediately," Capt. Todd Erskine said. 'If anyone knows anything about him, we need to to hear from them."
Police were called out around 10 p.m. Monday after shots rang out in the 1100 block of East 3rd Street. Witnesses heard three gunshots near homes at 1106 and 1108 East 3rd Street. A Hispanic male was seen jumping in a dirty, dark colored, possibly maroon, hatchback vehicle and fleeing southbound from the scene.
Police canvassed the area.
Police located three spent 9mm cartridges at the scene. They put out an area broadcast describing the vehicle and began to search.
About 10:40 p.m., police were called for a additional gunshot fired at 515 College Street. Residents said a Hispanic male had demanded to be let in. When denied, he walked into the backyard and fired a single shot. The subject then fled the area in a dark colored vehicle. Police recovered one 9mm cartridge.
At 11 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to 505 West 7th Street where the home owner had just returned to discover a burglary. A safe had been removed from the residence on Monday. The safe contained cash, jewelry, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.
While police were on location at the burglary, they were called back to 515 College Street for a third report of shots being fired. Responding officers heard five or six shots, but as they arrived, the suspect had already fled and witnesses were unable to give police a direction of travel or vehicle description.
The suspect in the shootings is the ex-husband of the occupant of 515 College Street. Pineda is a Hispanic male, 5'7", 220 pounds, with brown eyes and very short black hair. He has a tattoo of "SUR XIII" on the back of his head. Pineda was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants.
He has an extensive rap sheet in Buena Vista County, with stints in county jail in early 2005 for disorderly conduct, rioting, public intoxication, going armed with intent and interference with official acts after allegedly scuffling with police and fire officials. He was released in late February of 2005, and was arrested again on January 1 for a felony warrant on probation violation. Jail records show he was released on Monday.
Pineda is a native of Texas, a U.S. citizen, and had been employed at Rembrandt Enterprises, according to jail records. His residence is listed on Rose Lane.
He had reportedly stated that he wanted to see his children before he harmed himself.
Police, supported by the Sheriff's Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Alta Police Department and the K9 Unit conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
As the search approached the outskirts of the BVU campus, residential advisors in the dorms were alerted, and patrolled the halls. Pineda was not seen.
Officers following up on leads searched four homes in Storm Lake and one in Alta looking for the suspect but were unable to locate him. The Police Department not yet certain as to whether or not Pineda was acting alone.
The Storm Lake Police Department is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pineda to contact them at 712-732-8010.
"We are still searching endlessly," Capt. Erskine said late Wednesday. "We are getting some phone calls from the public, but so far, nothing has panned out in terms of leads."
While police were searching a residence at 803 Ontario Street for Pineda at approximately 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, they came across Rafael Yugo Cano, age 24 of Storm Lake. Cano was wanted in Johnson County in a felony theft case, and police arrested him without a struggle. He was booked into jail on $20,000 bond.