ROBBERY SPREE: Police Arrest Suspect

Posted on: 10:56 am, November 26, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:29pm, November 26, 2013

Des Moines police have arrested a man they’ve linked to five armed robberies in the metro during November.

Police say 22-year-old Denzell Bullock of Des Moines is charged with five counts of first degree robbery. He is believed to have robbed STAR Liquor on E 14th St., the Valero on E. Euclid Ave., the Kum & Go on Guthrie Ave., Sahota Foods and Liquor on SE 14th St., and Star Service on Ingersoll Ave.

“I’m happy they caught the guy,” says Sharon Kaur at Star Service.

Her family’s business was the last to be robbed.  Kaur says the suspect got away with about $500.

1_mug_bullock_denzellThe robberies happened between November 15th and November 23rd. Police say Bullock used a handgun in all of the robberies and were concerned that he was becoming more violent.

“He kept shaking his gun, like you don’t give me the money, I’m going to shoot him,” says Sahota Food and Liquor store clerk Razag Juma.

Juma wasn’t the only one in the store that night.  He says the armed robber cornered a customer and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t give him all the cash in the register.

“We have no reason to believe he would have stopped,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

Bullock was identified as a suspect through tips and investigative work. Police arrested him Monday after he led them on a short car chase, which started in the 1400 block of Capitol. He fled the vehicle on foot and was found hiding under a porch at 1430 Capitol.

“We do have what we believe to be the gun involved in the cases so we’re pleased to have these all wrapped up,” says Halifax.

In addition to the burglary charges, he is also charged with driving while barred and interference with official acts.  Bullock is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $125,000 bond.