IN THE INTEREST OF W.E., Minor Child, W.E., Minor Child, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine
Dalton Ploof, District Associate Judge.
juvenile challenges the sufficiency of the evidence
supporting her adjudication as a delinquent child.
W. Stickle of Stickle Law Firm, P.L.C., Davenport, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.
juvenile court adjudicated W.E. as a delinquent. The court
concluded W.E. committed acts constituting theft in the
second degree and carrying weapons. On appeal, W.E.
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting her
adjudication. We reverse.
March 11, 2018, someone stole a 2008 Suzuki from a gas
station. In the late night hours of March 14, police received
reports of shots fired involving a vehicle similar to the
stolen Suzuki. An officer spotted the Suzuki and gave chase.
The Suzuki skidded and hit a building. The pursuing officer
used her squad car to pin the Suzuki.
the Suzuki came to a halt, there were six people inside. The
driver and front passenger quickly exited the car and fled.
people had been in the backseat. Police detained three of
them, including W.E., as they piled out of the car. A fourth
person remained in the backseat and feigned unconsciousness.
Police took all four into custody.
located two loaded handguns on the backseat floor. Both were
on the passenger side. One was in plain view. The other was
under trash and clothing.
juvenile court held a delinquency adjudication hearing. The
State submitted body-camera and dash-camera footage.
Responding officers testified. The court concluded W.E.
committed the offenses of theft in the second degree in
violation of Iowa Code sections 714.1 and 714.2(2) (2018) and
carrying weapons in violation of Iowa Code section 724.4(1).
The court adjudicated W.E. as a delinquent child. W.E.