A Fonda man was captured and charged with attempted murder after trying to stab another man with a military-style knife.
Officers were called to 401 E. 1st Street in Fonda around 11:30 p.m. As an officer arrived, he heard breaking glass and then saw a man fleeing in a car stolen from the residence. The attacker had used the knife, over 10 inches long, to try to stab a resident at that location through the front door, while the man fought to hold the door closed. Officers found large gashes penetrating the door, but the man inside and others in the home escaped injury.
A Pocahontas County deputy was first to locate the fleeing car and was able to pull it over on Highway 4 near County C66. The offender was identified as Rex Lavell Thompson, age 36. According to Fonda Chief Alex Leu, Thompson had been trying to flee back to Chicago, where he had moved from. He had been considerably injured in his own violent attack on the home, slashing at the door and breaking out the windows. About $4,000 damage was done to the home.
Thompson was taken by ambulance to Pocahontas Hospital and later transferred to Pocahontas County Jail. A state patrol officer trained in dealing with impaired suspects was called in from Fort Dodge to do a drug recognition assessment.
He faces three felony charges - Attempted Murder, Second Degree Theft and Criminal Mischief. He is also charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault, Illegal possession of prescription drugs and operating a vehicle while impaired.