Storm Lake teen charged after leaving suspicious package in front of complex

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A Storm Lake teen was taken into custody after he allegedly left a backpack in front of a residential complex while under a “dangerously high level” the influence of medication. 

The Storm Lake Police Department said in a release that they received a report of a suspicious package in front of a housing complex Tuesday morning around 7:50 a.m. Police reportedly saw a black backpack lying in the middle of the roadway and a cell phone a few feet away. 

The reporting party told police that a male came from the frozen lake and left the backpack. When told he left the backpack, the suspect allegedly said he “was trying to change the world” before then walking away.

As a precaution, the complex moved their residence and police closed off a three-block area. A private residence was also evacuated. 

The police said that they identified the suspect as a 17-year-old male of Storm Lake. He allegedly called the dispatch center around 8:10 a.m. saying he was at the high school and needed police. Officers were told that he was acting strange and undressing. 

The teen was taken into custody and questioned before being taken to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for evaluation. The police said the teen was under the influence of a “dangerously high level of over the counter medication.” 

He was charged with the simple misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and simulated public intoxication. He was processed and remained in the care of medical professionals. The case will be forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.

Officers approached the bag around 9:00 a.m. found it to be safe. The affected streets were reopened shortly after. 

The Storm Lake Fire Department, Storm Lake Street Department, Buena Vista County Paramedics, BVRMC staff and Storm Lake High School administration assisted the Storm Lake Police Department.

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