Two metro-area bar owners charged with using GPS device to stalk woman

Two metro bar owners are charged with using a GPS device to stalk a woman. Steven McFadden was arrested again. McFadden is the owner of the Grumpy Goat restaurants and Tipsy Crow bar in the metro. The owner of Zora Bar and Rooftop, Edwin Allen, was also arrested Wednesday morning on similar charges of stalking and harassment. McFadden was initially booked earlier this month. On Tuesday night, he was back in jail on more charges involving the same women. Court records show he secretly put an Invoxia GPS device in the woman’s car. A criminal complaint against McFadden alleges he used the device to track a victim in early January when he was first arrested. Ankeny police say they found further evidence of stalking on his phone, and he was arrested again.”A lot of electronic evidence is what we deal with in today’s day and age, and that can take some time,” said Ankeny police spokesman Sgt. Corey Schneden. Records show McFadden allegedly used the device to track the victim to a metro hotel. And then later tried to block the victim from driving down the road. Ankeny police confirm Zora Bar and Rooftop owner Edwin Allen also watched the same victim for McFadden while he was out of state.”When someone is following you, and you don’t know their intent, that can be a very scary thing for someone. We all want that safety. And our concern in this whole thing is for the victim and make sure that person is safe. and nothing bad happens to them,” Schneden said. We reached out to McFadden and Allen for comment. We have not yet heard back from Allen. McFadden’s attorney, Bill Kutmus, says it’s not difficult to charge someone with a crime, but it is difficult to prove a crime. He went on to say McFadden is presumed innocent.

Two metro bar owners are charged with using a GPS device to stalk a woman. Steven McFadden was arrested again. McFadden is the owner of the Grumpy Goat restaurants and Tipsy Crow bar in the metro.

The owner of Zora Bar and Rooftop, Edwin Allen, was also arrested Wednesday morning on similar charges of stalking and harassment.

McFadden was initially booked earlier this month. On Tuesday night, he was back in jail on more charges involving the same women. Court records show he secretly put an Invoxia GPS device in the woman’s car. A criminal complaint against McFadden alleges he used the device to track a victim in early January when he was first arrested. Ankeny police say they found further evidence of stalking on his phone, and he was arrested again.

“A lot of electronic evidence is what we deal with in today’s day and age, and that can take some time,” said Ankeny police spokesman Sgt. Corey Schneden.

Records show McFadden allegedly used the device to track the victim to a metro hotel. And then later tried to block the victim from driving down the road. Ankeny police confirmed Zora Bar and Rooftop owner Edwin Allen also watched the same victim for McFadden while he was out of state.

“When someone is following you, and you don’t know their intent, that can be a very scary thing for someone. We all want that safety. And our concern in this whole thing is for the victim and make sure that person is safe . and nothing bad happens to them,” Schneden said.

We reached out to McFadden and Allen for comment. We have not yet heard back from Allen.

McFadden’s attorney, Bill Kutmus, says it’s not difficult to charge someone with a crime, but it is difficult to prove a crime. He went on to say McFadden is presumed innocent.

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