RURAL CARJACKING: Suspect Still At Large

A carjacking in an unlikely place has residents on edge and police still looking for the suspect.

Jim Henifen says NW Beaver Drive between Johnston and Polk city is considered a low traffic area.

“Not really just beside the National Guard driving by in field across the street,” says Hanifen.

Hanifen lives near the 9800 block of NW Beaver Drive and says it’s always been quiet.

“We`ve lived out here for 30 something years and we haven`t had any trouble.”

Wednesday afternoon in broad daylight, deputies say a man was acting suspiciously by trying to flag down cars near the 9500 block. Henifen says that’s unusual to see, especially on a road few people drive on.

Lt. Brent long with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says, “The initial call we got that he had actually tried to stop on vehicle and get into the vehicle and then the second call that we got is that he actually had taken the vehicle from the victim and assaulted him and drove off with the vehicle.”

The suspect took off in the victim’s gold Chrysler minivan and deputies captured the getaway.

“We were able to capture a picture of the vehicle that drove by at about 85 mph by our mobile speed camera,” says Lt. Long.

Later Wednesday evening police found the van in Des Moines near 35th Street and University Avenue but have not found the suspect.

Deputies say it takes an incident like this to remind drivers of a simple tip.

When getting in your car, fasten your seat-belt and lock your door. Carjackers don’t want to waste any time trying to get a driver out.

The victim was not badly injured.

For any information regarding the carjacking, call the Polk County Crime stoppers at 515-223-1400.

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