Rochester man pleads not guilty to Winneshiek County gunfire

Rochester man accused of breaking into a Calmar apartment.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 2:59 PM

DECORAH, Iowa – A man arrested after reports of gunfire is pleading not guilty.

Fahad Abukar, 19 of Rochester, is charged with OWI-1st offense, 2nd degree burglary, reckless use of a firearm, and carrying weapons. Authorities say he forced open the door of an apartment in Calmar on September 6 and fought with a man inside. Fahad and a 17-year-old from Rochester are also accused of firing a weapon as they drove away from the scene, with two bullets striking a van.

Abukar and the 17-year-old were then arrested at gunpoint after a traffic stop on Highway 52, between Calmar and Decorah. Two handguns and a pellet gun were found in the vehicle.

Authorities say there was a fight involving Abukar and one of the victims the day before in Rochester.

No trial date is set for Abukar. The 17-year-old from Rochester is being prosecuted as a juvenile offender.

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