Flood Warning

Des Moines Police Arrest Suspect in Council Bluffs Homicide

Nicholas Haner (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have captured a man wanted in connection with a homicide in Council Bluffs.

Thursday night, investigators notified Des Moines police that Nicholas Haner might be in the area.

Someone spotted his car Friday morning. When police caught up with them, officers say two people ran from the car. Haner was captured right away. His passenger, Jimmy Ray Smith, was found about an hour later with the help of witnesses in the neighborhood.

“We had neighbors say that they had seen this person running through their yard. We were able to follow tracks in the snow and eventually it led us to this house behind us where we found him hiding near a deck, and he was taken into custody without issue,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Haner is being held in the Polk County Jail on a first-degree murder warrant, while he waits to be transferred back to Council Bluffs.

Haner, 21-year-old Liam Stec and a 16-year-old are all suspected of killing Adam Angeroth on January 24.

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