2 Juveniles in Custody After Des Moines Bank Robbery, Short Chase

Scene of where police took juvenile bank robbery suspects into custody in 2200 block of E. University, March 12, 2019. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police took two juveniles into custody Tuesday morning at the end of a chase following a bank robbery.

The armed robbery happened at a bank located at 1347 E Euclid around 9:30 a.m.

Sgt. Paul Parizek said everything fell into place for law enforcement to end the situation quickly.

“The bank tellers kept their cool and were able to give us some great information, they complied with the robbers. We had a citizen that actually spotted the suspect vehicle and followed it from a safe distance and gave us play by play, where they were at,” said Parizek.

Police caught up with the suspect vehicle at East 14th and Ovid and began pursuit. A PIT maneuver in the 2200 block of E. University ended the chase and police were able to take the suspects into custody.

Seventeen-year-old Diamond Macon and 19-year-old Chanjuok Odhung were identified as the suspects arrested. Macon and Odhung are both charged with one count of first-degree robbery and one count of trafficking stolen weapons.

Parizek said, “It is amazing when these things happen that somebody didn’t get hurt along the way when you’re talking about juvenile offenders who don’t always make rational decisions and behave reasonably.”

Police recovered money taken in the robbery and a stolen handgun in the suspect vehicle.

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