Storm Lake Police: Teen hurt in hit-and-run arrested for shoplifting

Gerson Barrionuavo-Corbonel
Gerson Barrionuavo-Corbonel(Buena Vista County Jail)
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 11:13 AM CDT
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STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - Authorities say a teen that was injured on May 18 during a hit-and-run in Storm Lake, Iowa is now facing charges.

The Storm Lake Police Department says on Monday, May 22, they charged the teen, who is not being identified, for shoplifting from Midtown Brew over the course of several nights. Police allege the teen stole from Midtown Brew on May 15, 17, and 18. Over those three nights, the teen allegedly stole $100 worth of liquor.

On May 18, the teen was hit by a vehicle being driven by Gerson Barrionuavo-Corbonel, who is an employee at Midtown Brew. Police say they found several stolen items from Midtown Brew in the teen’s possession. The teen was also connected to a motor vehicle burglary back on May 14.

The teen was taken into custody and sent to the Cherokee Youth Emergency Services. They are facing several theft and burglary charges.

A second teen was charged in connection to the Midtown Brew shoplifting. They were referred to the Buena Vista County juvenile courts and released to a parent.


STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - One man has been arrested after a teenager was hit by an SUV while walking on a Storm Lake, Iowa sidewalk.

The Storm Lake Police Department says Gerson Barrionuavo-Corbonel of Lakeside, Iowa is facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and operating without a valid driver’s license.

The hit-and-run happened in the 500 block of Oates Street at about 2:30 a.m. on May 18, according to police. When officers got to the scene they found the teen with injuries to his arms and legs. Before the teen was sent to a local hospital, he told officers the vehicle that struck him had fled the scene after he was hit.

After looking through surveillance video and tracking down the vehicle, police determined Barrionuavo-Corbonel was the driver.

Police allege at about 2:15 a.m. Barrionuavo-Corbonel was working at Midtown, a Storm Lake gas station, when a man entered the building and shoplifted $50 worth of liquor and fled the store on foot. Barrionuavo-Corbonel then allegedly got into an SUV and followed the man. When Barrionuavo-Corbonel entered the 500 block of Oates Street, police say he intentionally drove his vehicle off the roadway and into a yard, striking the teen. He then fled the scene in his SUV.

The shoplifting incident at Midtown is still under investigation, but police currently suspect the teen was in some way involved with the theft.

Barrionuavo-Corbonel was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $3,600 bond.