Authorities issued a warrant last week for Chad Matthew Bryant, 29, alleging he violated the terms of his probation stemming from multiple criminal cases in Marshall County. Bryant walked away from a court-ordered treatment facility in the Des Moines area and has not been seen since.
Bryant was the subject of several highly-publicized incidents involving the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Marshalltown Police Department.
He began his run from the law April 2, 2015, after an assault on a Des Moines television station’s cameraman by pouring water on his head.
Two television crews were camped outside Bryant’s Le Grand home preparing to do reports for the noon news as a result of an April 1 incident involving Bryant when he exited the house and confronted the cameraman.
Bryant, his girlfriend Kylie Price, and four others were first arrested early the morning of April 1 on a variety of charges including false imprisonment, child endangerment and drug possession.
Subsequent searches by the sheriff’s office of the house shared by Bryant and Price in Le Grand, as well as two storage units in Marshalltown registered under Bryant’s name, revealed weapons, stolen property and drug paraphernalia.
A second incident in July of 2015, involved a stolen car at an Ames dealership, and resulted in Bryant being apprehended.
But in September of this year, Bryant, facing 82 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 22 charges ranging from child endangerment to burglary to drug possession, was offered strict, supervised probation.
As part of his probation, Bryant was ordered to complete the “Bridges of Iowa” substance abuse prevention program, followed by residing at a halfway house, GPS monitoring and random urine analysis among other conditions.
“Apparently he has given up on the opportunity he was offered,” said MPD Capt. Brian Batterson.
He said authorities have been searching for Bryant the past week, but have exhausted those leads locally and that’s why after a week, they decided to ask for the public’s help.
“There were multiple agencies involved (in the Bryant case) and we were kind of in limbo as to who was putting information out for a press release,” Batterson conceded.
As to Bryant, he contacted the Times-Republican via social media and admitted he violated the terms of his probation.
“I’m struggling once again,” he wrote. “I screwed up at treatment and now I’m discharged staying at a damn hotel again in Marshalltown, unhappy and lost, looking for a solution and some way to fix this big ass mess. I got no one to turn to, no one that can help me and I’ve come too far to change my life around and do good … I want to continue getting help and making progress. I am pretty sad and lost right now … and I apologize.”
Batterson said the MPD has checked at local hotels and motels to see if Bryant might be holed up in a room.
“We know he has a support system here in Marshall County. Chances are he’s back in the area,” Batterson said.
Those with any information concerning Bryant’s whereabouts should contact the Marshall County Communications Center or tips may be submitted by calling (641) 753-1234, via text by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.marshallcountycs.com. All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.
Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times Republican, November 30, 2016.