COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs man was ordered held on $1.05 million bail after being charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery.
Wesley Correa-Carmenaty, 22, was arrested near the corner of Bluff Street and West Pierce Street in connection with the fatal shooting of Anthony J. Walker, 22, of Council Bluffs. Walker was found dead Monday night at 116 Glen Ave. with a gunshot wound to his chest.
A second Council Bluffs man was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery. Ben Lein, 19, whom police said they had been searching for since Monday night, was spotted about 10:30 a.m. walking in the 1700 block of North 16th Street.
Correa-Carmenaty, speaking through a Spanish translator via video Tuesday morning from the Pottawattamie County jail, told the court that he was not involved and ran because he was scared. The attempted murder charge is connected to the shooting of Patrick Schutz, 32, of Council Bluffs. The defendant is also accused of robbing Walker and Schutz.
Judge Charles Fagan appointed a public defender to represent Correa-Carmenaty. Fagan said that Correa-Carmenaty was charged with first-degree murder because Walker’s death took place while the suspect was reportedly committing a felony robbery.
According to Council Bluffs police, officers arrived at the apartment on Glen Avenue after a call that shots were fired Monday about 6:30 p.m. Officers found Walker dead at the scene and learned that Schutz had gone to Mercy Hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot to his upper left arm that is not thought to be life threatening.
While en route to the Glen Avenue apartment, police officers located Correa-Carmenaty in a black Chevrolet Impala and pulled the car over near Bluff and Pierce Streets. Sgt. Dave Dawson said Correa-Carmenaty threw two guns out the window. One of the guns was determined to be a BB pistol and the other a Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun.
Correa-Carmenaty was interviewed by detectives, and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail. Dawson said the investigation is ongoing.
Walker’s death was the first fatal shooting in Council Bluffs since Robert Schendel was killed Aug. 12, 2015. Schendel’s son, Sean, has been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to stand trial in September.