More than five weeks after police began investigating a stabbing incident that sent a Bettendorf High School senior into surgery, a classmate turned himself in to police custody Wednesday, Davenport police confirmed.
Drew Romkey, 18, a Bettendorf senior, was booked into Scott County Jail shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday and was released on a $10,000 cash bond after spending 40 minutes in custody. Davenport police had requested an arrest warrant.
Davenport Police Capt. Brent Biggs confirmed the stabbing victim is Jacob Woodard, 18, of Davenport.
According to the police affidavit, Romkey allegedly stabbed Woodard four times April 11 in the 6100 block of Lakeshore Circle, Davenport.
As a result, Woodard, a 2013 state wrestling champion, sustained serious injuries. According to the affidavit, Woodard had to undergo surgery and required “extended hospitalization.” The initial police report stated he had surgery for a perforated bowel.
Woodard has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Iowa.
Romkey faces willful injury-causing serious injury, a felony charge. He is scheduled for a June 2 preliminary hearing, according to Scott County Court documents.
Romkey’s attorney, Robert Rosenstiel of Rock Island, said Romkey will plead not guilty.
“We continue to investigate this matter, but I don't want to comment further because I don't want to prejudice our investigation,” Rosenstiel said.
Bettendorf Schools Superintendent Theron Schutte said because the incident occurred off school grounds, the district did not issue any disciplinary consequences. Bettendorf's graduation ceremony is Sunday, but Schutte would not comment on whether any of the seniors involved in the incident would participate.
“This has been entirely handled by Davenport Police,” said Schutte, who added the school’s code of conduct could have been invoked if the students were involved in extracurricular activities. “I can’t divulge any information that’s considered confidential student information.”
Davenport attorney Mike Motto Jr., who represents Woodard, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher Jr., an attorney, originally represented Woodard.
Following the incident, both parties filed court documents asking for temporary and permanent orders of protection from one another.
According to court documents filed by Gallagher on April 13, Romkey exited his vehicle at the scene of the incident as did Jacob Woodard, a passenger in Robert Jackson Gallagher’s vehicle. The younger Gallagher, who goes by Jackson, is Robert Gallagher’s son.
The account alleges Romkey repeatedly stabbed Woodard in the abdomen, arm and face. Following the altercation, Jackson Gallagher drove Woodard to Trinity Bettendorf, where he was immediately taken into surgery, according to the April 13 document.
According to Romkey’s accounts, appearing in court documents filed April 15 by Rosenstiel, Woodard approached Romkey’s vehicle and allegedly assaulted him as he tried to extricate Romkey. The account alleges Romkey, who was restrained by his seat belt, suffered injuries, including a welt on the upper left portion of his forehead, where Woodard “punched him.”
Gallagher’s initial application for a temporary order of protection was granted by a Scott County Judge. A trial scheduling conference for the permanent order of protection is scheduled for Friday morning, according to court documents.