DES MOINES, Iowa – Two unknown men reportedly beat up a woman in Des Moines’ south side, then burned her car in front of a Git-N-Go early Wednesday morning, the Des Moines Register reports.
The woman told police she brought her children to a hotel room with another man at Motel 6 on Fleur Avenue, according to a police report. The man lived in a trailer park in the 2800 block of Southeast 14th Street where the couple was staying until that day.
The woman went back to the trailer to get her kids’ school clothes when two men with hand guns attacked her.
The suspects spotted her from a residence four trailers down and attacked her with the handle of their guns. They beat the woman in the face and back of the head saying, “Tell your friend I want my money and this is her warning,” the report stated.
The suspects left, taking the woman’s car keys and phone with them. The victim then ran to a nearby Walgreens for help. She called the man at the motel, telling him to bring the children to the hospital.
Officers arrived at the trailer park and searched for witnesses that may have spoken with the robbers before the assault.
A half hour later, police found the woman’s stolen car on fire outside the Git-N-Go in the 100 block of Watrous Avenue. The fire department arrived and doused the flames, which caused some damage to the outside of the convenience store.
No suspects have been identified at this time.