A Fonda officer faced off with a man armed with a knife late Thursday night, and the fight has led authorities to a marijuana growing operation, meth drugs and a laundry list of nearly 20 charges against a Fonda man and woman, including child endangerment.
Fonda Police were called in at about 11:30 p.m., where a man at 502 N. Main St. allegedly pointing a knife at himself and the officer. The officer was able to negotiate the man into dropping the knife, but the man turned combative as the officer took him into custody, and was stunned with a blast from a Taser weapon.
A local volunteer firefighter saw the fight and helped secure the subject. The officer suffered injuries to his knee during the confrontation but did not require hospitalization. The arrested man was medically evaluated at Pocahontas Hospital and then jailed.
During the incident, officers were told that a 15 year old male had possibly been stabbed and had fled the residence with a female subject and a 4 year old child to escape the knife-wielding man. The female and child were located first. The female was taken to the Medical Center in Storm Lake by Fonda Ambulance Service with cuts to her hands and body. The child was unharmed and released to family members.
Due to reports from watchful citizens and numerous officers searching the city, the 15 year old male was located at a residence in Fonda. He was uninjured, but was found to be intoxicated. He was medically evaluated and then taken to juvenile detention center in Cherokee, charged with Public Intoxication.
A search warrant was executed at the residence and the woman's car. Officers located a marijuana growing operation in the basement of the residence and items used to grow and sell marijuana. Also located was methamphetamine and devices used to ingest the drug. In a search of the car, officers located aluminum electrical wire recently stolen from the City of Fonda valued at over $200.
Investigation allegedly indicates that the female subject had gone into a rage during the incident in the residence, punching out windows with the child present.
Fonda, Eagle Grove and Clarion Police worked to uncover further evidence in Goldfield and Clarion linked to the crimes in Fonda.
Dallas Paul Wyatt, 24, of Fonda, is charged with Manufacturing Marijuana, Assaulting a Peace Officer while displaying a weapon, Domestic Assault, Child Endangerment, Resisting Arrest with Injury, Drug Paraphernalia, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Keeping Premises for Use and Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Stolen Property. He was jailed in Pocahontas County on $20,600 bond.
The woman, Tausha Nicole Taylor, age 23 of Fonda, is charged with Manufacturing Marijuana, Child Endangerment, Obstruction of Prosecution (destruction of evidence), Keeping a Premises for the Use and Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Stolen Property, Drug Paraphernalia, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. She was jailed in Humboldt County on a $13,600 bond.
The 4 year old child was removed from the parents with the assistance of the Iowa Department of Human Services Child Protection Unit.
Fonda Police were assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Sheriff's officials from Pocahontas, Calhoun and Wright counties, police from Laurens, Pocahontas, Eagle Grove and Clarion, and a police dog from Clarion.