Arrest Made in Dubuque Shooting
Contacts: Lieutenant Joe Messerich, (563) 589-4473
Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444
On June 16, 2019, at approximately 10:23 PM, officers responded to the 2400 block of White St. for a disturbance with shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and located a 9-mm shell casing. During the same time frame, Ricarddo Thomas, age 35, was transported to Mercy Hospital by private vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Thomas underwent surgery and was ultimately stabilized and held for additional treatment & observation.
Through witness statements and a review of traffic cameras footage, officers were able to determine that a fight broke out in front of 2464 White St between Thomas and a subject later identified as Fredrick Lyterrel Bateast, age 37, of 1804 Central Ave Apt 2A, Dubuque, IA. Thomas was shot during the altercation while he was trying to run away. Traffic camera footage shows that Bateast appears to be in possession of a handgun which he fires at Thomas.
Bateast left the area on foot and walked to a residence in the 2100 block of Washington. Investigators later canvassed the route that Bateast walked and found a 9-mm handgun in a trash can. Traffic camera footage shows Bateast standing near the trash can. Bateast was last seen walking to the area of 1804 Central Ave.
On 6/18/19, a search warrant was executed at 1804 Central Ave Apt 2A. Investigators located clothing consistent with the clothing worn by Bateast before, during, and after the shooting on 6/16/19. Investigators also located a box of 9mm ammunition which was consistent with the casing located at the scene.
Bateast was arrested on a warrant for Attempted Murder earlier today after turning himself in to authorities at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center. Attempted Murder is a Class B Felony that is punishable by no more than 25 years of confinement.
As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.