Passer-by led to MN teen’s arrest in Iowa killings

Published 10:03 am Friday, November 19, 2010

DES MOINES — Webster City Mayor Janet Adams says an alert passer-by led to the arrest of a Minnesota teenager charged in the killings of two convenience store clerks in northern Iowa.

Adams says the passer-by noticed a young man in a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal in Webster City near a McDonald’s for “a period of time” Monday night.

Adams says the passer-by “thought that seemed odd” and called police. Officers arrived and arrested 17-year-old Michael Swanson in the McDonald’s parking lot.

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Adams says Police Chief Brian Hughes was proactive after receiving word of the killings. She says he and other officers went to convenience stores and late-night restaurants, giving them a description of the suspect’s Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is accused of killing clerks Vicky Bowman-Hall in Algona and Sheila Myers in Humboldt.