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Armed Ottumwa man poses as cop in assault attempt

Joshua Barnes, age 31, is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of Impersonating a Public Official and Criminal Mischief. (Ottumwa Police Department)

An Ottumwa man is in jail Monday after a weekend burglary attempt.

Joshua Barnes, 31, is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of Impersonating a Public Official and Criminal Mischief.

The charges stem from a burglary-in-progress reported to Ottumwa police just before midnight on Saturday.

When police arrived it was determined that Barnes had damaged the victim’s vehicles parked at that address.

He then represented himself to be a police officer and forcibly entered the residence with a weapon, with the intent to assault an occupant of the residence.

Barnes is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $29,000 bond.

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