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LE MARS, Iowa (KCAU) — The victim of an assault in Le Mars has died Tuesday, according to the Le Mars Police Department.

Victim of Le Mars assault dies, Le Mars Police Department says
Reese Harms
Courtesy Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office

The assault occurred on January 19 at an apartment in the area of the 1100 block of 2nd Street SE at around 5:20 p.m., according to officials.

The call said that a man, identified as Michael Roy Gomez, 44, of Merrill, had been assaulted and was not breathing. Life-saving measures were taken and Gomez was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was in critical condition at the time, but passed away Tuesday.

Reese Harms, 24, was taken into custody and charged with willful injury, a class C felony, and attempt to commit murder, a class B felony. Additional charges are pending as officials continue the investigation.

Court documents state that Harms was found inside the apartment officials responded to and that Gomez was on the floor of a bedroom in the apartment and not breathing when they arrived.

The document states that Harms allegedly choked out Gomez while someone else inside the apartment begged him to stop. This was done to “teach him a lesson,” according to the document.

Harms allegedly claimed that he choked Gomez after Gomez punched him and that he was breathing when he stopped choking him and attributed his stopping breathing to a possible meth overdose.

A witness of the event told officials a different story, saying that Gomez made a comment that made Harms mad and that Harms choked Gomez for an estimated three minutes, documents said. The witness also told officials that Harms had threatened to stab Gomez early that day saying that Harms “took out a knife and was waving it around.”

Documents also state that while Harms was being transported to the Plymouth County Jail, he made comments saying that he should have killed Gomez.

Harms is being held on a $25,000 bond. He is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on January 29.

The Le Mars Police Department was assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Plymouth County Attorney’s Office, and the Le Mars Fire Rescue Service.



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