VIDEO: Des Moines Police seeking help finding ‘Pepper Spray & Grab’ suspect
The Des Moines Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding at least one suspect – seen above in a surveillance video taken at a 7-11 at 260th and Pacific Highway South – after a pair of robberies in Des Moines Tuesday morning, Sept. 8.
Police say that in both crimes, the suspect(s) demanded money, then used pepper spray on cashiers before escaping.
Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog that the first robbery happened around 3:20 a.m. at a 7-11 on Pacific Highway South and South 260th Street. In that incident (seen in the video above), the suspect demanded that the cashier open the till. He then threatened the clerk, leaned over, grabbed some cash, then pepper sprayed him before fleeing on foot.
Police with a K-9 unit were unable to track him.
The clerk was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated.
The second robbery happened around 4:45 a.m. at a Shell gas station at 1720 S. 272nd Street. In this case, the suspect asked about cigarette prices, put cash down in a ruse to buy some, then when the cashier opened the till he pepper sprayed him, grabbed some money and ran off.
Police described the suspect in the second robbery as a white man in his 50s, around 5’6″ tall, around 160 pounds, wearing a silver sweatshirt, Seahawks hat and blue jeans.
If you recognize this man, please call the Des Moines Police Department at 206-878-3301.
Here’s an additional video courtesy KOMO News: