Homicide at Johnny Mac’s
August 06, 2016

STATUS: ARRESTED

On 06 August 2016, at 1:13 a.m., Des Moines Police Department patrol officers responded to Johnny Mac’s bar, 2279 Hubbell Avenue, to investigate a report of a shooting. Officers arrived to find three (3) victims. All victims were transported to local hospitals by Des Moines Fire Department medics. This incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

William Dawson, Sr (02-21-76) has died as a result of the gunshot injuries he received. Two other victims remain hospitalized. William Dawson, Jr. (06-09-96) and Carley Toomey (02-2496) were also shot, and are expected to survive. The Dawson’s are father and son. Des Moines Police Department detectives continue to interview witnesses, follow investigative leads, and develop suspect information.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or submit a tip online.



Homicide near 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard
July 25, 2016

At 4:33 a.m., 24 July 2016, Des Moines Police Department patrol officers responded to the area of 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard to investigate a report of gunshots being fired. Upon officer’s arrival, they found a male victim deceased at the scene. The victim in this homicide has been identified as 59 year old Des Moines resident Dennis Strable (08-05-56). At the time of his death, Mr. Strable was riding a bicycle.  It is believed that bicycling was his primary mode of transportation. Attached is a photograph of Mr. Strable. Des Moines Police Department detectives are continuing to follow investigative leads in this case. Detectives are asking that anyone who has seen Mr. Strable, in recent days, or knew him, to please contact them at 515-283-4811.
 
Additionally, tips can be anonymously submitted to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or through their website at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.

A Shooting at 3720 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
June 22, 2016

On 22 June 2016 at 1:58 am, Des Moines Police Dispatch began receiving calls about a shooting at 3720 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male with obvious gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the hospital. The person shot in this incident, Victor Robinson Jr., a 41 year old Des Moines resident, died due to injuries sustained in the shooting.

The Des Moines Police Department would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident last night, has information about the incident or who may have security footage that captured the incident please contact the Des Moines Police Department or contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400 or www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.



Homicide at 40th and Crocker
May 27, 2016

On 26 May 2016, at approximately 10:57 pm, the Des Moines Police Department Communications Center began receiving phone calls reporting gunfire heard in the area of 40th Place and Crocker Street. At least one of those calls also reported that a person had been shot and was believed to be deceased.

Upon their arrival at the scene, Des Moines Police Department police officers did find a deceased adult male in the roadway at the 4000 block of Crocker Street. This death is being investigated as a homicide. The victim in this homicide has been identified as 44 year old Des Moines resident Scott Allan Perez, Sr (DOB 07-15-71).

Des Moines Police Department detectives continue to follow leads in this case. Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Perez’s homicide is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Polk County at 515-223-1400, or submit a tip through the website.

 



Shooting in the 1400 block of East Grand Ave
May 17, 2016

On 17 May 2016 at approximately 10:10 am reports were received of a shooting in the 1400 block of East Grand Ave. At the time of the initial report Kamaury Watson, an 18 year old Des Moines resident, was located with a gunshot wound to the back.  Watson was transported to the hospital for further treatment and ultimately arrested for unrelated warrants after treatment.

Through the course of the investigation Des Moines Police Detectives have identified two persons of interest, wanted for further questioning in this incident. Maurice Boone Jr, a 23 year old Des Moines resident, and his brother Brian Boone, a 17 year old Des Moines resident. Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance in locating these two persons of interest.

Also learned during the investigation is that Kamaury Watson was not the only victim wounded during this incident. Evidence at the scene indicates a male with Watson was also shot and wounded, but fled the area as police officers responded. The unidentified male is described as a black male in his late teens. As of this time, his identity and condition is unknown and there are no reports of him receiving any treatment in the Des Moines area for injuries consistent with this incident. Detectives are also asking the community for assistance with identifying this second victim.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Youngblut, Des Moines Police Department at 515-237-1468, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.

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Assault Suspects
May 05, 2016

STATUS: ARRESTED
Des Moines Police Department Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with locating suspects who seriously injured a man during an assault.On 01 May 2016 at approximately 10:35pm, Charles Wesley Brown, a 65 year old Des Moines resident, was riding his bicycle southbound along the 2800 block of SE 14th St.  While riding, he was assaulted by two white male adults, both described as being in their 20’s.  The suspects fled from the scene in a silver 1996-2003 era Pontiac Grand Prix 4 door sedan.   Mr. Brown received serious injuries as a result of the assault and is currently hospitalized. Anyone with any information regarding the identities of these suspects and / or the associated vehicle is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400
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Bank Robbery - Wells Fargo
May 02, 2016

STATUS: ARRESTED
Des Moines Police Department Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying a bank robbery suspect. On 28 April 2016 at approximately 3:39 pm, the suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 4505 Douglas Avenue, passed a note to the teller, and displayed a knife.  The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 50 years of age, approximately 5’8” tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs.  He was wearing eyeglasses, a yellow/beige heavy coat, gray v-neck sweater, and blue jeans. Wells Fargo Bank is offering up to $5,000 reward for info leading to an arrest/conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information as to the suspects identity and/or location, is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, 515-223-1400
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Robbery Suspect
April 19, 2016

Des Moines Police Department Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying a bank robbery suspect. On April 13, 2016 at approximately 3:20 pm, US Bank at 2500 E Euclid Ave., Des Moines,IA was robbed by a suspect who displayed a handgun. The suspect is a white male adult in his 20’s, approximately 5’8”-5’9” tall, and weighing approximately 160lbs. The suspect was wearing safety glasses, a brown derby hat, and a fake goatee. The suspect was also wearing white and blue gloves. Anyone with any information on this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400
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Pharmacy Burglaries
April 14, 2016

Des Moines Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a two pharmacy burglaries which occurred in Des Moines on 10 April 16.  The first occurred at approximately 3:00 am at 4505 SW 9th Street at Cassady Pharmacy.  The second occurred at approximately 7:40 am at 5625 Hickman Road at Richards Pharmacy.  In both burglaries 3 black males were seen entering the pharmacy after breaking the glass front door to make entry. The suspects could also be associated with an older/smaller looking SUV, possibly a Lexus. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Des Moines Police or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400 or on the website
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Robbery Investigations
April 12, 2016

Des Moines Police have responded to several robberies of convenience stores, specifically Git-n-Go locations, within the past month. As part of those investigations we have obtained surveillance video from several of the incidents.  
 
Investigators have been able to obtain a general description of the suspect believed to be linked to several of the robberies.  Investigators believe the suspect is a white male in his early to mid-20s, 5’10”– 6ft in height with a thin build. (See attached video & still photo)
 
The Des Moines Police Department and Polk County Crime Stoppers are asking for any assistance from the public in identifying the suspect. Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons involved in these robberies
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Credit Card Fraud Suspects
April 07, 2016

STATUS: ARRESTED
The Des Moines Police Department Detective Bureau is requesting assistance with identifying two suspects who have been involved in multiple incidents of credit card fraud in Des Moines.The two suspects in the attached photographs have been identified at several convenience stores / gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants using credit cards that have been reported stolen in recent residential burglaries. The suspects have been associated with a gold-colored, older model, Honda or Mitsubishi sedan with a sun roof and temporary spare tire mounted as one of the rear tires. Anyone with any information on the identities of these two suspects is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, 515-223-1400
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Westbank Robbery
March 16, 2016

The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance with identifying two individuals who committed an armed bank robbery last week.  On 16 March 2016, at approximately 2:18pm, the two suspects entered the West Bank branch at 3839 Merle Hay Road.  One suspect produced a handgun, then ordered the employees to get down on the ground.  The second suspect jumped over the counter and removed money from the teller stations.  Fortunately, there were no injuries in this incident.  The suspects were last seen running eastbound from the bank. Anyone with any information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.
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Wanted Person
February 11, 2016


The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community with locating a wanted felon.

48 year old Randal Jon Caswell has active felony warrants for Ongoing Criminal Conduct and a parole violation.  He is also a suspect in multiple theft cases within the City of Des Moines.

Anyone with any information regarding the location of Caswell is asked to please call the Des Moines Police Department, 515-282-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, 515-223-1400.

Caswell has a history of having violent tendencies.  Please do not approach him.

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Fraud Investigation
February 11, 2016

The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community with identifying two suspects in a fraud investigation.

On 07 January 2016, the suspects in the attached photos used a cloned credit card to make purchases from retail stores located at Merle Hay Mall.  The loss to the victim was greater than $3,000.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the two suspects is asked to please call the Des Moines Police Department, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, 515-223-1400

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Kirk Blunck Death Iinvestigation
January 31, 2016

STATUS: CLOSED
The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance with identifying two potential witnesses in the death investigation of Kirk Blunck. 
Detectives believe that the persons in the attached photographs may have been in the vicinity of the Teachout Building, 500 E. Locust Street, at or near the time of Mr. Blunck’s death.  Detectives would like to speak with the persons in these photographs to determine if they have information that would assist with concluding this investigation. 
Anyone with information regarding the identity of these potential witnesses is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or CrimeStoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400
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Burglaries and Credit Card Fraud Suspect
January 27, 2016

This suspect has been involved in residential burglaries and credit card fraud in the metro area over the last couple months. Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.
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Material Witness Warrant
January 04, 2016

On 27 December 2015 at 1054 pm, Des Moines Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 5201 S. Union Street to investigate a report of a shooting.  Officers arrived to find two people, in a common-area hallway, suffering from gunshot injuries.  One victim, a male adult, was deceased.  A second victim, a female adult, was transported to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire Department Fire Medics, where she is currently receiving treatment. Des Moines Police Department Detectives are investigating this incident and interviewing witnesses.

A Material Witness warrant has been issued for 60 year old Des Moines resident Alf Freddie Clark in connection to a homicide investigation.  Anyone with information regarding Clark’s location is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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Double homicide person of interest
December 01, 2015

Des Moines police have identified the victims and a person of interest in a double homicide reported 11/30/2015. The victims have been identified as 36-year-old Bryon Howard and 31-year-old Heather Belieu. Police identified 39-year-old Michael John Wanchanic as a person of interest in the case.Police said Wanchanic is believed to be driving a beige-colored 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan, Iowa license plate DMR 234. Police said anyone who sees Wanchanic should not approach him and immediately call law enforcement. Police are actively searching for Wanchanic, who is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Double Homicide - 1300 Block of 22nd St
September 12, 2015

STATUS: ARRESTED

UPDATE: 18 September 2015

As Des Moines Police Detectives have continued the investigation of the murders of Mohammad Nabeel Mirzai and Demetrius Thomas, two additional arrests have been made and a third person of interest has been identified.  As a result of their participation in the circumstances that led to the murders, Shamair Gainey, a 20 year old Des Moines resident, and Roberto Baez-Alvarez, an 18 year old Des Moines resident, have both been charged with Robbery – 1st Degree; two counts each.  Both are currently being held at the Polk County Jail.

An additional person of interest has been identified and the Des Moines Police Department is requesting assistance with locating him.  Detectives would like information on the whereabouts of Luis Magallon, an 18 year old resident of Des Moines.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Des Moines Police Communications Center, 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers, 515-223-1400

UPDATE:  15 September 2015

Concluding an extensive investigation, Des Moines Police Detectives have arrested Albert Jeffrey Garcia, a 20 year old Des Moines resident, for the murders of Demetrius Thomas and Mohammad Nabeel Mirzai.  Garcia has been charged with two counts of Murder – 1st Degree.

UPDATE:    12 September 2015

The victims have been identified as 20 year old Demetrius Thomas and 19 year old Mohammad Mirzai, both residents of Des Moines.Detectives continue their investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

11 September 2015

At 148 am on 11 September 2015, Des Moines Police Patrol Officers responded to the area of 22nd and Carpenter to investigate a report of a person down.  Responding officers arrived to find a deceased male.  A short time later, officers were made aware of a second person down, a short distance away, in the 1300 block of 22nd Street.  Officers arrived at that location to find a deceased male.   Des Moines Police Detectives are investigating these deaths as homicides. 

 

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Shirley Carter Homicide
August 04, 2015

UPDATE REGARDING HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION - SHIRLEY CARTER

Since June 19, 2015 the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Pella Police Department, Knoxville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Indianola Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol have interviewed more than 100 individuals in multiple counties across the State.
Multiple search warrants and county attorney subpoenas have been obtained to follow up on any and all evidentiary leads.
The autopsy revealed that Shirley Carter was killed by a bullet fired by a rifle.
At this time, law enforcement is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying ANY individuals or vehicles in the vicinity of 132 Perry Street, Lacona, Iowa, on June 19, 2015 between the hours of 7 am and noon.
Further, law enforcement would like to speak with any individual that has been approached to either purchase or take possession of a rifle in and around Marion County or surrounding communities since 6/19/2015. 
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 641-828-2220 or you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

 



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