Pants robbery lands Ottumwa man in jail

Marquis Bedford, 19, of Ottumwa/ Wapello County Sheriff's Office

An Ottumwa man is behind bars for beating another man up and then stealing his pants.

Marquis Bedford, 19, of Ottumwa, was arrested Saturday and charged with willful injury, first-degree robbery and tampering with a witness.

Police records say around 2 a.m. Friday, Bedford, and his co-defendant, repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the head until they heard police sirens.

They proceeded to steal the victim's pants and wallet.

The victim suffered from multiple lacerations and abrasions and was taken to a hospital in Iowa City for treatment.

The entire incident was caught on video surveillance.

Less than an hour later, Bedford attempted to bribe a witness with a Play Station 4 gaming console, asking her to tell authorities he wasn't involved.

Bedford was arrested at his home on West Second Street.

Lt. Chad Farrington would not release the co-defendant's name because he was charged as a juvenile.

Bedford is being held in the Wapello County jail on a $27,000 cash only bond.

The incident is still under investigation.

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