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1/31/2016 - Kirk Blunck Death IinvestigationCLOSED
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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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1/27/2016 - Burglaries and Credit Card Fraud Suspect
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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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1/14/2016 - Fifield Pharmacy Robberies
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Des Moines Police Department Robbery Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying a suspect that has robbed, and attempted to rob, Fifield Pharmacy at 501 University Avenue twice in the last 30 days.  In both incidents, the suspect demanded narcotic painkillers.  The suspect did not display a weapon during either incident, but did threaten to shoot the clerk.

The suspect is described as a black male, approx. 5`09" in his 30`s or 40`s.  During the second incident, the suspect did wear a wig. Also during the second incident, the suspect was observed fleeing the area in a tan-colored, four door, late1990`s early 2000’s sedan.

Anyone with any information regarding this suspect is asked to please call the Des Moines Police Department Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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1/4/2016 - Material Witness Warrant
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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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12/30/2015 - Suspect in a Package Theft
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Des Moines Police Dept. Property Section Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying a suspect in a theft. The theft occurred on 16 December 2015 at 1232 pm, in the 2400 block of E. 33rd Street.  The suspect, and an associated vehicle, were recorded on video as he stole a mail package from a doorstep.  The package contained Christmas gifts for children who lived at the residence.

 

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is encouraged to call the Des Moines Police Dept. Property Crimes Section at 515-283-4865, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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12/28/2015 - Robberies at Convenience Stores in Des MoinesARRESTED
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Des Moines Police Department Robbery Investigators are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying a robbery suspect.  Since 13 December 2015, the suspect has committed five (5) robberies at convenience stores in Des Moines.  The suspect has not displayed a weapon during these robberies, but does threaten physical violence towards the store employee.

 

The robberies have occurred at the following locations:

 

Kum and Go, 4200 Hubbell Avenue (robbed twice)

Git and Go, 4164 Easton Blvd. (robbed twice)

Git and Go, 4900 Urbandale Avenue

 

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, approximately 6 ft. tall and weighing 200 lbs.  Attached to this email are several photos of the suspect. 

 

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 283-4869, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 223-1400.

 

 

UPDATE: 29 December 2015, 448pm

 

Des Moines Police Department Robbery Investigators have arrested 31 year old Des Moines resident Bradley Michael William Boyd in connection with these robberies.  Boyd has been charged with 5 counts of Robbery – 2nd Degree.

 

The Des Moines Police Department would like to thank our partners in the local media for their assistance with this investigation.  As a result of the circulation of the surveillance photos, we received several tips overnight and into this morning, all identifying Boyd.

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12/1/2015 - Double homicide person of interest
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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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11/12/2015 - Pharmacy Burglary Suspects
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Des Moines Police Dept. Property Section Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying suspects in the burglary of Medicap Pharmacy, 2527 Easton Blvd. The suspects were recorded on video as they forced entry into the business at approx. 225 am on 08 November 2015, and stole a variety of medications. The loss has an estimated pharmacy value of nearly $12,000.  It is believed these suspects are connected to a second pharmacy burglary approx. 2 hours later at 2804 Beaver Avenue.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is encouraged to call the Des Moines Police Dept. Property Crimes Section at 515-237-1470, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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11/12/2015 - The Laundry Place Burglary
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Des Moines Police Dept. Property Section Detectives are requesting the community’s assistance with identifying suspects in the burglary of The Laundry Place, 2355 E. University Avenue.  The suspects were recorded on video as they forced entry from a public area of the laundry into a private office.

 

Attached below are surveillance photos of both the male and female suspects. 

 

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is encouraged to call the Des Moines Police Dept. Property Crimes Section at 515-283-4850, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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9/12/2015 - Double Homicide - 1300 Block of 22nd StARRESTED
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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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9/11/2015 - Homicide Investigation - 4100 Block of Dubuque StreetARRESTED
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At 5:52 pm on 11 September 2015, Des Moines Police Patrol Officers responded to the 4100 block of Dubuque Street to investigate a report of a shooting.  Upon their arrival they found the victim, 28 year old Matthew John Cizek of Des Moines, near his residence suffering from a gunshot wound.  Mr. Cizek was transported to Methodist Hospital where he later died. Des Moines Police Detectives are interviewing witnesses and following investigative leads.  It appears that the suspect and victim are known to each other and this was not a random act. The Des Moines Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit continues to process the scene of the shooting.

UPDATE:  14 September 2015

The Des Moines Police Dept is requesting the community’s assistance with locating a person of interest in this homicide investigation.  Police would like to interview Carl Allen West, a 29 year old Des Moines resident.  West is 5’9” / 150 lbs, with multiple tattoos. West often wears prescription eyeglasses.  West is currently wanted on an unrelated Parole Violation warrant, and should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. 

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9/9/2015 - Bank Robbery: US Bank at 115 E. Euclid
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On September 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm, the  US Bank at 115 E. Euclid called in a robbery in progress.  The suspect is described as a black male adult,  in his 30’s,  approximately 5’9”-5’10”tall and weighing approximately  240-250 lbs.  He was wearing a black polo brand type shirt with thin white horizontal stripes.   He was wearing white tennis shoes and black shorts.  His hair is in cornrows and just over shoulder length.  The suspect handed the teller a note and took a large sum of money.  The suspect ran southbound across E. Euclid as he fled the area.
 
If anyone recognizes or comes across this individual, contact the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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8/27/2015 - Attemped Murder Suspects
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On 01 August 2015, Des Moines Police Dept. Patrol Officers responded to the 1500 blk of E. Euclid to investigate report of an assault in progress. Des Moines Police Dept. detectives investigated this incident and through victim and witness interviews, suspects were identified and warrants for their arrest issued. One suspect, 44 yr old Troy Comstock, was arrested last night by Des Moines Police, Polk County Sheriffs Deputies, and investigators from the MINE Task Force. He is currently in the Polk County Jail on Attempted Murder and Willful Injury charges.

Two additional suspects are still at large, and the Des Moines Police Dept. is requesting the community’s assistance with locating them:

  • Jeffrey Meyer, a 46 year old Des Moines resident, is wanted for Attempted Murder and Willful Injury in this case. 
  • Rodney Russell, a 34 year old Des Moines resident, is also wanted for Attempted Murder and Willful Injury in this case, as well as Willful Injury, Burglary 1st Degree, and Carrying Weapons in connection to an unrelated case (DMPD Case# 20150018558). 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two wanted persons is encouraged to call the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 515-283-4811, or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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8/25/2015 - Missing Documents
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Reward for information leading to the return of the Chinese adoption records;(see examples) and other documents that were in a safe (see picture) taken in late July from a home on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The adoption records are in Chinese and English and contain the names Greg Schwager and Kari Brimhall. The safe was a SentrySafe.

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8/7/2015 - Robbery Suspects
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The Des Moines Police Department Detective Bureau is requesting the community’s assistance with locating a wanted person, and also with identifying additional suspects, in connection to the robbery of an individual in early July.

On 01 July 2015, a 20 yr. old Des Moines resident was assaulted and robbed.  A 2nd degree Robbery warrant has been issued for 19 year old Des Moines resident Raymond Shorter. Convenience store surveillance video (photo attached) shows the unidentified suspects.

Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Shorter, and/or the identity of the unidentified suspects, is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Communications Center at 515-283-4811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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