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“Medical Episode” Leads to Trashed Hotel Room, Man’s Arrest in North Iowa

A medical episode led to the destruction of a hotel room and the arrest of a male subject Friday night in Riceville.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says they were called to the 10th Hole Hotel just before 10 p.m. to investigate a report of two males with chainsaws at the hotel. A deputy arrived on scene and discovered a male and female in a window on the second story, with the male pounding on the window and screaming “help” while the female was screaming “he’s hallucinating.” 

When the deputy knocked on the door of the hotel room, the female opened it and came into the hallway, and the male subject  slammed the door behind her and began barricading the door with items from inside the hotel room. Another Deputy arrived on scene and the two began trying to talk to the male, who eventually removed a mattress away from the door and spoke to Deputies. 

Authorities discovered the hotel room was destroyed with glass from a broken window and other busted items inside the room; water was left running which seeped through the floor damaging the room below and water was also coming from a busted toilet.

It was determined the male was having a medical episode and was transported to Howard County Regional Health Services in Cresco for evaluation. After being cleared by medical staff, Brian Steger of Guttenberg was booked into the Howard County Jail on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony, and disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor. A final of total hotel damages could bump Steger’s up to first-degree criminal mischief, a Class C felony. 

The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Riceville Ambulance assisted at the hotel and Cresco Police assisted at the hospital.

You can read more about the incident on the Howard County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

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Mark Pitz

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