The remaining suspect in a double murder, robbery and chase in August in and near Council Bluffs is scheduled to have a hearing on Jan. 23, according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.
April Montello-Roberts, 44, of Shenandoah is being held on a $2.2 million bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail on charges of two counts of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with the killings, plus two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer (Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Olderog and Council Bluffs Police Officer Colby McCord).
At the hearing, Montello-Roberts’ attorney will try to make a case for suppressing evidence, Wilber said.
“They’re trying to throw out the statement she gave to police,” he said.
During interrogation, Montello-Roberts told police that she and suspect Troy E. Petersen, 28, of Essex had discussed robbing and killing Jerrot Clark the day before the alleged murder took place Aug. 4. A neighbor of Clark’s said she witnessed a male and female carrying items out of Clark’s home at about noon on the day of his murder. The description of the female matched that of Montello-Roberts, reports stated.
The duo is also suspected of murdering Steve Carlson while breaking into his home on Aug. 7. Petersen reportedly fired a rifle round through a window, which struck Carlson. The man and woman then entered the home.
Montello-Roberts and Petersen led multiple law enforcement officers on two separate pursuits on the morning of Aug. 7.
Olderog turned on his lights and siren, but the pickup failed to stop at a stop sign at 205th Street.
While Olderog was in pursuit, the passenger, who was later determined to be Petersen, began firing shots at his vehicle. The deputy reported gunshots but lost sight of the pickup shortly afterward, Wilber said during a press conference Aug. 12. It is during this period Petersen and Montello-Roberts are believed to have broken into Carlson’s home and shot him.
Council Bluffs Police officers were looking for the suspect vehicle when officer Colby McCord spotted it on Railroad Highway headed toward Highway 6.
The pickup went out of control and turned on its side in the 1400 block of Indian Hills Road. Petersen was seen pointing an SKS assault rifle at Montello-Roberts, and a stand-off began, Wilber said.
Officer Paul Damrow was assigned to serve as a sniper. However, 45 minutes after Damrow got set up, Petersen pulled out a revolver and held it to Montello-Roberts’ head. Suddenly, she looked afraid and Damrow’s bullet struck Petersen in the head. He died at the scene.
Wilber concluded Damrow was justified in firing his weapon and decided the officer would not be charged.