Authorities Release Name Of Suspect In Fatal Shooting In Lu Verne
(Algona)-- Authorities today (Thurs.) released the name of a suspect charged in connection with Wednesday's fatal shooting in Lu Verne, Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identifies the suspect as 35-year-old Valentino Williams of Coralville, Iowa. Valentino has been charged with murder in the 1st degree and robbery in the 1st degree in Kossuth County District Court. He's being held in the Kossuth county jail in Algona.
Authorities were called around 8:40 am Wednesday after getting reports that a woman had been shot outside of the Security State Bank in Lu Verne. The victim, Jessica Weishaar, had multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Weishaar is a 1995 graduate of Jackson High School. Her parents still reside in Jackson.
A criminal complaint says witnesses reported seeing a black SUV being driven by a black male, that had been involved in the shooting that was headed east out of Lu Verne. A witness also reported hearing three gunshots and saw an individual running across the street wearing a ski mask. The witness saw the suspect get into the vehicle, which took off at a high rate of speed. The witness attempted to follow the vehicle but couldn't keep up. Another witness driving westbound from Kanawha saw the suspect vehicle and authorities were notified. The Iowa State Patrol later stopped the suspect vehicle on Interstate 35.
The complaint says law enforcement searched the traveled areas near Lu Verne and found a black ski mask and black medical gloves along the roadway. A citizen also found a Carhart style coat which was turned over to authorities. Some zip ties were also found near the coat, along with some boots and jeans that were found along a county road east of Lu Verne. Authorities say the boots were consistent with the type the suspect was seen wearing in surveillance video. A dark green coat was also found near West Twin Lake in rural Hancock county. Authorities found a vehicle identification number in a pocket that was consistent with the vehicle Williams was driving when he was stopped.
Authorities say they also found items reported missing from the bank between the reported route the suspect took from Lu Verne and Interstate 35. A search of the vehicle resulted in them finding an empty black duffle bag, a gray backpack, black spray paint and burglary tools.
Authorities say Williams had rented the vehicle from a rental company on December 2nd and confirmed that with the rental company. The vehicle was due to be returned today, December 5th.