A local man who had been wanted on an active warrant for attempting to solicit prostitution for over a year was arrested last weekend after an unrelated incident.
At approximately 9:32 p.m. Saturday evening, the Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) arrested 23-year-old Fikiri Tundu, charged with interfering with official acts at a West Church Street residence for allegedly pushing himself between a police officer and a other. suspect, telling the officer to take him instead. Subsequently, a previous warrant was served against Tundu for a prostitution charge in relation to an incident that allegedly occurred on October 4, 2020.
According to the previous complaint, Tundu offered the alleged victim $40 to perform a sex act, and when the victim refused, he then allegedly pointed a knife at the victim and told her she was not leaving. He eventually relented and allowed her to leave, but Tundu allegedly threw the knife at the victim as she fled the residence.
In addition to the charge of prostitution, which is an aggravated misdemeanor, he also faces charges of assault by showing a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor and forcible confinement, a serious misdemeanor, in connection with the 2020 incident. Tundu has since been released from Marshall County Jail and a first court appearance is scheduled for February 28.