GRUNDY CENTER — An Ankeny man awaiting trial for kidnapping and enticement charges in Jasper and Monona counties has now been charged with attempting to lure away four children in Grundy County.
And Cedar Falls police are looking at him in an incident that mirrors the Grundy County incidents.
Jeff Lee Altmayer, a 57-year-old former security company employee, was charged with four counts of enticing a child March 29 in Grundy County District Court. He has entered a written not guilty plea.
Two incidents happened Aug. 2 and two others on June 21. The incidents happened near Dike City Park and at Dietrick mobile home park east of Dike near the Black Hawk County line, said Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning.
They involve four different girls, three are described as age 13 or under and one age 16 or under. All fled unharmed after Altmayer approached them, and court records allege Altmayer intended to commit sex crimes with the children.
Three of the charges —- relating to the younger victims —- are Class C felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction. The third charge is a Class D felony, which carries up to five years in prison.
In Jasper County, Altmayer faces a first-degree kidnapping charge, which has a mandatory life sentence. He is also charged with second-degree sexual abuse, which has a 25-year maximum, and enticing a child. That incident happened in the city of Colfax, population 2,000.
The Monona County charges include three counts of enticing and one count each of impersonating a police officer and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription. Those crimes happened in the town of Onawa, population 2,900.
Altmayer is being held in the Jasper County Jail in Newton. Bond in the Jasper County case is set at $385,000.
Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday said Altmayer was originally detained in November following an incident in Onawa. Further investigation determined he was behind similar crimes across Iowa and linked him to the earlier incidents in Grundy County and Colfax, DCI officials said in a prepared statement.
On the same day Altmayer allegedly approached two children near Dike — Aug. 2 — Cedar Falls police were called to an attempted abduction at Clay Park in the 1600 block of Clay Street around 3:30 p.m., according to Courier archives.
A man had pulled up in a silver four-door car and offered three girls money if they would get into his vehicle. The children declined, and the man left.
Cedar Falls police chief Jeff Olson said his department is aware of Altmayer.
“We are looking at him. He is a person of interest in our case, in the Clay Street Park case that we had,” Olson said. “The DCI is working with all the agencies involved in this because of the seriousness and the multiple agencies involved.”
Altmayer hasn’t been charged in the Cedar Falls incident.
At the time, authorities drew connections between the Cedar Falls incident and similar sightings in Dike, noting the suspect descriptions were close, and both involved a silver vehicle.
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is handling prosecution of the Altmayer cases.
Court records allege Altmayer would approach children and offer them money — usually $100 — to get into his vehicle.
In Colfax case, Altmayer is accused of approaching two girls under age 13 while driving a silver car Aug. 17. The girls were walking down a street when Altmayer introduced himself as “Jimmy” and offered to pay them $100 to do yard work at his home in Des Moines. One girl declined the offer, but the other girl climbed into the front passenger seat, and as they drove off, Altmayer started squeezing her breasts and rubbing her groin over her clothing, court records state. He also allegedly forced her hand toward his groin.
The girl protested, and Altmayer pulled over and let her out by the city library, records state.
Altmayer was ultimately captured after he allegedly tried to lure a 6-year-old girl into his car in Onawa on Nov. 16.
The incident happened at about 4:05 p.m. He told the girl to get in his vehicle and offered $100, court records state. Another child in the area began yelling, and neighbors came to investigate. Three residents confronted Altmayer, who claimed to be police officer and told them he had a gun, court records state. A short time later, a real officer — a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol — arrived, and Altmayer was detained.
As he was being booked into the Monona County Jail, authorities found 16 Xanax pills and seven Viagra pills, records state.
When prosecutors filed a trial information in the Monona County case, they added enticement charges relating to two other children, both age 11, that also happened on Nov. 16.
DCI officials said the investigation into Altmayer is ongoing.