- Associated Press
Sunday, March 21, 2021

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A man wanted for killing a woman in Ames last month is now in custody after allegedly attacking a woman in Des Moines.

Police in Des Moines arrested 33-year-old Richard Fleck early Sunday. The victim is hospitalized with serious facial injuries but is expected to survive.


After Fleck‘s capture, Des Moines police learned he had been sought for several weeks following the death of Ranea Bell in Ames. She was found dead in an apartment in February. Fleck is charged with first-degree murder in that case.

Fleck was booked into the Story County jail. Des Moines police say they will seek charges of attempted murder and willful injury causing serious injury for the attack in Des Moines.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Fleck had an attorney.


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