Police nab suspected burglar in Chickasaw County

The Marshall County Sheriff’s picked up a local man in Chickasaw County Wednesday for violence he allegedly committed last year.

Gilbert Alvarado, 31, of Marshalltown, had two warrants for his arrest when police picked him up. He made his initial appearance Thursday for a pair of felony charges and a trio of misdemeanors arising from separate incidents nearly seven months apart.

Alvarado was wanted under an alias – Luis Mendoza – for second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony. Alvarado allegedly broke out the windows and scratched the paint off a car parked at his home at 511 N. Center St. in September 2012, said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper.

“The owner of the car knew this guy,” he said.

Tupper said he did not know what prompted Alvarado to damage the car.

A few months prior, on Feb. 4, 2012, Alvarado allegedly went to the home of an acquaintance on the 500 block of North First Street and assaulted two women in front of three children, ages 2, 11 and 9.

“He did not force his way into the home,” Tupper said. “But when he got into the home, that is when he committed the criminal act.”

Tupper said witnesses allege that Alvarado pulled the women’s hair, slapped them and pushed them. Police spoke with five people who were in the home at the time of the incident. The victims did not seek medical attention.

For his involvement in that incident, police charged Alvarado with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, two counts of serious assault, serious misdemeanors, and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The court appointed a public defender and issued no contact orders on the victims. Alvarado’s bond is set at $5,000 for the criminal mischief and $25,000 cash only for the assault and burglary charges. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. April 8.

A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.