Garwin man arrested, charged following town search Dec. 16

Owen Lyn Collins booking photo.

Owen Lyn Collins, 19, of Garwin made an initial appearance in custody in district court on Dec. 17 on charges including two counts of interference with official acts using a firearm (Class D felony) and one count of going armed with intent (Class D felony).

Charges stem from an incident that took place on Dec. 16 at Owen Collins’ Maple Street residence in Garwin.

According to the criminal complaint, Tama Co. Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the residence for a fight between a father and son.

The reporting party stated the two parties fighting were Owen Collins and his father Kendall Collins, and that Owen Collins was allegedly attempting to leave the residence in a pickup truck that contained firearms. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, Owen Collins allegedly fled the residence armed with a firearm.

Deputies searched a field near F Avenue south of the Collins’ residence, set up a perimeter, and swept Garwin. A male matching Owen Collins’ description was later located running south through the cornfield away from the intersection of F Avenue and Rider Street.

Owen Collins was arrested in the cornfield allegedly carrying a gun case containing two assault-style rifles – one loaded with a full magazine and one round in the chamber.

A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Owen Collins is represented by attorney Joel Waters of Marshalltown.