Rural Alta Armed Robbery

An Alta man was arrested Thursday evening in connection with an armed robbery at a rural Alta residence.

Buena Vista County Sheriff Kory Elston says deputies were initially dispatched to 602 Main Street in Alta to investigate the theft of a gun. Then an armed robbery was reported about 5:30 at 788 600th Street, southeast of Alta. The victim said an unknown male had knocked on the door requesting help with a disabled vehicle. While attempting the help, the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s pickup. The suspect then fled the area in the pickup.

About 6:00 p.m., the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the Sac City Police Department pursued the stolen pickup. Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure says a deputy attempted to stop the truck near M-50 and old highway 20. The driver continued east, entering Sac City… where police joined the pursuit. A deputy got in front of the truck in an attempt to slow it down… and the truck went through the Food Pride parking lot, then continued south on 16th Street. The driver turned in the elementary school parking lot… drove west, then headed back east on the south side of the lot where law enforcement were able to get him blocked in. The lone occupant was identified as 25-year-old James Mitchell of Alta. Law Enforcement located a loaded 22-caliber handgun on the front seat of the truck, as well as several knifes and ammunition. Speeds during the pursuit reached up to 81 miles an hour in the country.

Mitchell was charged with first-degree robbery, a class “B” felony… going armed with intent, a class “D” felony… and operating without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. The stolen firearm was recovered. Mitchell is jailed on a 25-thousand dollar bond. Elston says additional charges are anticipated in Buena Vista and Sac Counties.