Adams County teen confronted by gunman in Council Bluffs


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa teen says he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery Saturday night, in Council Bluffs. According to the Daily NonPareil, 17-year old Michael Kleindienst, of Villisca, reported to Council Bluffs Police the incident occurred in a parking lot at the Mall of the Bluffs, at around 7:30-p.m., Saturday.  The teen told the authorities he was walking to his van to retrieve his wallet while on break from work at the Hy-Vee Food Store at 1745 Madison Ave., when he heard a car door slam and footsteps approaching him.

The alleged robber was wearing a ski mask and was armed with a black handgun. He reportedly demanded the teen’s money, but when Kleindienst told the man he didn’t have any money, the gunman left the area. Police believe the man got into a newer, four-door, dark colored Dodge sedan. No money was taken and no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-STOP. Callers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.