Creston man charged with attempted murder in Adair Co.

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A Creston man faces four felony charges, including attempted murder, after a Nov. 15 incident in Orient.

David M. Hanson, 52, of Creston, was charged with burglary, first degree; attempted murder; intimidation with a dangerous weapon; going armed with intent and possession or carrying of a dangerous weapon while under the influence. He is being held in the Adair County Jail on a $750,000 cash only bond.

At approximately 1:37 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a man across the street from the Orient Post Office who said he had a firearm and intended to shoot the homeowner if he came outside.

When deputies arrived, they found Hanson lying in a yard in the 200 block of North Broad Street with a Smith and Wesson M&P handgun, two empty magazines and a loaded 20 gauge shotgun in his possession. Hanson had the odor of alcohol coming from his person and told deputies he drank multiple shots before driving his 2020 Chevrolet Blazer to Orient. A PBT result showed Hanson to have a BrAC of .201%.

According to an Adair County report, when Hanson arrived at the residence, he entered an enclosed front porch and knocked on the door, but no one answered. Hanson told deputies, had the homeowner came to the door, he was going to shoot and kill him. Hanson then left the porch and went to the yard on the south side of the home, where he fired multiple rounds from both weapons, striking the house at least twice.

A box of ammunition and spent shell casings were found in yard where Hanson was located. Hanson also had two boxes of 9 mm ammunition and a box of 20 gauge shotgun shells in his Blazer, along with several open containers of alcohol.

Hanson was upset over allegations of the sexual assault of three children by the homeowner in January. No charges had been filed and Hanson said he wanted to bring attention to the allegations, even if it meant he would be arrested for it.

Hanson has filed a waiver of counsel, voluntarily waiving his right to an attorney with the intention to proceed pro se, or represent himself, in the case. He is scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27 in Adair County District Court for a preliminary hearing.