Richard G. Fleck, also known as Rashaud Sims, 33, was charged with the murder of Ranea Bell, 37, of Ames on February 20 in Ames on Sunday.
AMES, Iowa – A February 20 murder suspect was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree murder.
Richard George Fleck, also known as Rashaud Sims, 33, was taken into custody by the Des Moines Police Department and turned over to the Ames Police Department.
The investigation began on February 20 when the lifeless body of 37-year-old Ranea Bell was found around 7 p.m. in an apartment at 407 S. Fifth Street in Ames, according to Ames Police Department.
Evidence in the apartment led investigators to conclude that Bell’s death was the result of murder, and police named Fleck as a suspect. Fleck was believed to have been in the Kansas City, Missouri area at the time, but police said it had connections to Texas and Mississippi.
Fleck is being held in Story County Jail on a $ 1 million bond.
Des Moines Police Department arrested Fleck early Sunday in connection with two alleged assaults against women in east Des Moines. The department issued the following statement on the arrest of Fleck on Sunday lunchtime:
At approximately 12:50 p.m. on March 21, 2021, Des Moines Police Department officers and Des Moines Fire Department rescue workers responded to a house on the 2500 block of Garfield Avenue to investigate a report of an attack.
First responders found an adult female victim with severe facial injuries. She was brought to MercyOne – Des Moines by doctors from the Des Moines Fire Department, where she remains in the hospital. She is expected to survive.
The officers learned that a witness apparently interrupted the attack and then fled the house to call the police. The suspect pursued the witness and started attacking them. The neighbors saw this and intervened. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Des Moines Police Department officers set up a perimeter and initiated a K-9 search for the suspect. A police officer who helped with the search found the suspect trying to hide in a tree. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Richard George Fleck. Further investigation revealed that Fleck had an active warrant for first-degree murder issued by the Ames Police Department. Ames Police Department investigators have been contacted and responded to the scene in which they took Fleck into custody.
Police officers from the Des Moines Police Department consulted the Polk County law firm regarding the appropriate charges for the incident. Following this consultation, warrants were requested for attempted murder and willful injury causing serious injury.
The investigation into Bell’s murder continues by the Ames Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 or anonymous phone number 515-239-5533 or the Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400. Anonymous online tips can also be submitted.
In a statement on Sunday, the Ames Police Department thanked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Kansas City Police Department, the KCPD Career Criminals Task Force, the U.S. Marshal’s office, the Des Moines Police Department, the office of the Story County Medical Examiner and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, The Story County Law Firm, and other contributing agencies for their continued assistance with this investigation.
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