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Man accused of pushing coworker off 60 ft high catwalk

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 18:58:16-05

HAMBURG, Iowa. (KMTV) — The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year-old man is jailed on attempted murder charges after allegedly unhooking a coworker's safety lines and pushing him from a 5.5 story catwalk in Hamburg after discovering an affair between the victim and the suspect's wife.

On the afternoon of October 10, 2019, the sheriff's office responded to a call of a male construction worker who had fallen approximately 60 ft from above an industrial grain bin.

The unconscious male was transported to Grape Community Hospital and transferred to Nebraska Medicine with life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

On October 14, 2019, the sheriff's office learned the victim had woken from a coma and said he was pushed from the platform by coworker Pedro Andrade, 37, of Muscatine, IA.

Deputies allege that after discovering an affair between the victim and Andrade's wife, the suspect pushed the victim from the catwalk onto a gravel parking lot.

Although Andrade was contacted and agreed to meet with Fremont County deputies, the sheriff's office learned Andrade and his wife fled the country before the interview.

An arrest warrant was issued for Andrade and the information was sent to the U.S. Marshal's Service for assistance.

On February 14, 2020, Fremont County deputies learned that Andrade was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Andrade is a U.S. citizen and was deported from Mexico and extradited to Harris County, TX, according to the sheriff's office.

Saturday, Andrade was extradited from TX and is currently held at the Fremont County Jail where he's being held without bond and awaiting an initial court appearance.

Andrade is being charged with Attempted Murder, a Class B Felony, Willful Injury a Class C Felony, and Flight to Avoid Prosecution, a Class D Felony.