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STABBING SUSPECT: ‘Cut In Half By Train’

Des Moines police say the man hit and killed by a train Tuesday night was running from a crime scene.

Police were called to a home invasion just after 9 p.m. Minutes later, a driver stopped at the train crossing on East Grand and watched as the suspect was struck by a passing train.

Des Moines police say the victim, 32-year-old Lopez Webster, was a suspect in the break-in.

By the time police arrived, Webster was gone. But not before they say he stabbed the homeowner more than half a dozen times.

“He does have cuts, stab wounds to his arms and his chest and his neck,” Sgt. Jason Halifax said.

Two minutes later, Ivan Nery was stopped at the railroad crossing and saw a man running by the tracks.

“This guy is trying to beat the train and then suddenly he jumps right in between the two cars of the train,” Nery recalled.

“The attempt was unsuccessful,” Sgt. Halifax confirmed. “He fell to the ground and was cut in half by the train – physically cut in half by the train.”

Witness, Ivan Nery called 911 not quite believing what he had seen, “it was gruesome. Yeah, it was gruesome.”

“Whether he was trying to jump on the train or between the cars, we don’t really know,” Sgt. Halifax said.  “We may never know.”

Whatever his reasons, Webster’s actions proved deadly.

The Union Pacific train had 75 cars and the crew didn’t know that anything had happened. They were notified and stopped in Ankeny.

Police say the lights and crossing arms were tested and determined to be in working order.

14 comments

  • Scott

    Well from the looks of things, the guy was a piece of trash and got taken out like trash. All well that ends well!

  • Emarie

    You’re all sick in the head. No one deserves to be hit by a train. You don’t even if the guy was on drugs or possibly had a mental illness.Or how innocent the other alleged victim is.
    It would be interesting to hear what people say about you should you meet a gruesome demise.

  • Emarie

    Ray, you sound immature and narrow minded.Why not reserve judgement until all the facts are given or keep your snide comments to yourself? He does have family you know and I assume they read the paper and blogs. Show some respect.

  • Mike Cee

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. One quick look at Iowa Courts Online shows that this former oxygen waster was a real dirtbag. At least he won’t be wasting any more taxpayer resources.

  • Ray Sissom

    So someone decided to CENSOR my post. I did’nt make illegal threats of violence (Self defense under the Castle Doctrine DOES NOT QUALIFY AS SUCH), nor did I use racial epithets. The simple fact is that libtards HATE THE TRUTH, and libtard “moderators” (CENSORS) don’t see opposing views as protected by the First Amendment. And then you ask why we put more faith in THE UNDERGROUND MEDIA than in CNN and pals. GO FIGURE.

  • tonya

    Well I am his girlfriend of almost 2years and u all have it wrong IT WAS NOT A HOME INVASION SO I HOPE U ALL ARE HAPPY FOR RUNNING A DEAD PERSONS NAME IN THE GROUND AND U DON’T EVEN KNOW HIM SELF DEFENSE DUMMIES. HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND FATHER TRY READING THE FACTS BEFORE U COMMENT

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