Update: Abduction suspect taken into custody


News pertaining to Ames, Iowa and the nation.

Matthew Rezab

An Ames juvenile accused of attempting to abduct a male child from his family’s home has been released from the hospital and taken into police custody.

Akuk Akok, 17, of Ames is accused of breaking into a home at 111 McDonald Drive sometime around 12:50 a.m. Friday, May 22.

Family members at this address told police a black male entered the house while the occupants were sleeping. The suspect forcefully pulled a minor child out of a basement window and struck the child in the face. The minor’s older sister was able to retrieve the child from the assailant after a commotion in the front yard.

After being arrested in the 4300 block of Lincoln Swing, Akok was taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center before being transported to an undisclosed hospital for a mental evaluation.

According to an Ames Police press release, Akok was released from the medical facility on June 1, 2015. Akok was taken into custody and charged as an adult for first-degree burglary, a class B felony and assault while participating in a felony, a class D felony. Akok was also referred to Juvenile Court for child stealing, a class C felony. Akok will be held at the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora, Iowa. Further follow-up is being completed by investigators.