UPDATE: Person threatens couple with box cutter before crashing into transformer

UPDATE: According to our coverage partners at the Telegraph Herald, Dubuque police said a man crashed into a vehicle and threatened the people inside with a box cutter before running away and crashing into an electrical transformer, causing a fire.

Tyler M. Olmstead, 21, of East Dubuque, backed his truck into a car in the parking lot of Shopko, 255 John F. Kennedy Rd., before 3 p.m. yesterday.

People who were in the car got out and confronted Olmstead. He then displayed a box cutter.

Olmstead got back into his truck and took off, when he lost control, crashing into a transformer and temporarily knocking out power to businesses in the area.

The truck then caught fire, but firefighters were able to douse the flames.

Olmstead was taken to a hospital for injuries where he was treated and released before being arrested.

He was released from jail this morning on a $3,500 signature bond and is facing two counts of assault while displaying a weapon.

DUBUQUE, Iowa – (KWWL) – The Dubuque Fire Department was called to a report of a vehicle on fire around 3 p.m. today.

Authorities say a vehicle hit an electrical transformer near Shopko, causing it to catch fire.

Crews were able to douse the fire and one person was taken to the hospital.

Alliant crews were on scene and were able to restore power to all but Shopko and an auto parts store.


Leslie Stone

Leslie Stone

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