Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced that MARIO PERALES, of 2015 Schiller Street, Muscatine was arrested July 30, 2017, after an incident at his residence.
Muscatine Police Department officers responded to a 911 call placed at 6:04 p.m. reporting that there had been a shooting at the residence and that there was a male subject who had been shot. Officers immediately approached the residence and pulled the victim to safety. He was transported to Trinity Muscatine and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. No further information is available at this time regarding his condition.
Police officers established a perimeter and attempted to make contact with PERALES whom they suspected was inside the residence. After attempts to contact PERALES were unsuccessful, officers introduced chemical irritants into the residence. PERALES then surrendered to officers. One Muscatine Police Officer suffered a minor injury while breaching the residence. The Special Response Teams of both the Muscatine Police Department and the Muscatine County Sheriff's Department participated in the action.
PERALES has been charged with attempt to commit murder, a class "B" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years and interference with official acts while armed with a dangerous weapon, a class "D" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years. He will be held without bond in the Muscatine County Jail pending an initial appearance on July 31, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.
The charges against PERALES are merely an accusation and he is presumed to be innocent of the charges.
UPDATED JULY 31, 2017, 9:45 a.m.:
PERALES made his initial appearance this morning. Bond was set at $500,000 cash only. The Court scheduled a preliminary hearing for August 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. A preliminary hearing requires the prosecution to establish that probable cause exists to believe that a crime was committed by the defendant. In lieu of making such a showing, the prosecution may file a trial information. If the Court finds based on the written evidence attached to the trial information that there is sufficient probable cause the Court will set the matter for arraignment.