rap sheet

Compiled by Jared Curtis jared@dmcityview.com


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Des Moines Police Oct. 5-6


Oct. 5, 3:45 p.m.

Assault in the 4200 block of Lower Beaver Avenue. The victim reported that he and his sister were walking home from school at Samuelson Elementary, 3929 Bel Aire Road. As the two were heading home, the juvenile suspect approached them and picked up a stick. The suspect struck the victim across the face, which resulted in a scratch under his eye and a cut lip. Officers notified all school officials and the student’s parents.


Oct. 6, 2:14 a.m.

Assault causing injury in the 1000 block of 21st Street. The victim stated that the suspect, a friend of hers, asked her to stop by her apartment. When the victim arrived, the suspect ran out of the building with a pole and began hitting the victim saying, “Give me the money.” The victim took away the pole from the suspect, but she continued trying to fight with her. During the assault, the victim was knocked down, causing knots on her forehead and arms. The victim states that four black males came out of the apartment and witnessed the assault. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.


Oct. 6, 3:40 a.m.

Attempted burglary in the 2800 block of Easton Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who reported suspect(s) had tried to break into her house. The victim stated she was sleeping and woke up because her dog was barking very loudly. She thought she heard a noise outside, but was unsure. She went outside and discovered that her pumpkins had been tampered with. Officers discovered that a dirt footmark was on the front door and some woodwork had been torn off the wall. There are no suspect(s) or witnesses at this time.



Name: Cory Anthony Hall

The story: Officers were dispatched to the Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave., in reference to a vandalism report. Upon arrival, officers spotted the suspect, later identified as Hall, running while being followed by another fairground employee. Officers chased after Hall and followed him into a backyard. After searching, they discovered Hall hiding under a tarp. The victim stated that he and Hall were working together and got into a dispute. The two began to hit each other, and then Hall went outside and picked up a trashcan. A witness stated that he saw Hall throw the trashcan at a car, breaking the windshield. Hall then took the trashcan and broke out both rear windows before he fled the scene. Hall admitted to the criminal mischief, but said the fight was mutual. Hall was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, simple assault and interference with official acts.


Docket diving

The following is from a recent ruling made by the Iowa Court of Appeals regarding the case of the State of Iowa vs. Justin William Patten.

“On the afternoon of Aug. 18, 2008, Patten was arrested for driving with a suspended license and non-payment of fines. At the time, he was in possession of 1.04 grams of marijuana. Patten was charged with possession of a controlled substance, third offense, and pled guilty.

“At the sentencing hearing on March 9, 2009, the court reviewed the presentence investigation report, considered the statements of counsel, Patten’s comments, and reviewed the court file. It acknowledged its obligation to arrive at a sentence that will provide maximum opportunity for his rehabilitation and will protect the community from further offenses by the defendant and others. In arriving at its decision to sentence Patten to a term of incarceration, the court recited some factors that would tend to favor probation — his marginally young age, a non-violent crime, employment, enrollment in a welding program and acquiring a GED. Then the court recited the many factors which justified confinement to prison — a poor work record, a continuing substance abuse problem after receiving substance abuse treatment, a lengthy criminal record, three previous felony convictions, a conviction of escape from a residential facility, previous probations, a parole violation resulting in its revocation and the recommendations of the prosecutor and probation officer. The court concluded, ‘In balancing these factors . . . this is a defendant who can only be rehabilitated in a confined, structured facility. The factors in this case justify the imposition of confinement.’

“Our review of a sentence imposed in a criminal case is for correction of errors at law. In applying the abuse of discretion standard to sentencing decisions, it is important to consider the societal goals of sentencing criminal offenders, which focus on rehabilitation of the offender and the protection of the community from further offenses. An abuse of sentencing discretion is found only if the sentencing court’s discretion has been exercised on grounds or for reasons clearly untenable or to an extent clearly unreasonable.

“The district court considered and weighed multiple appropriate factors that appear to provide for the defendant’s rehabilitation as well as the protection of the community. We find no abuse of discretion. Accordingly, we affirm.”


Most Wanted

Name: Mario Guerrero-Cordero
Age: 30
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Wanted for: Murder.


If you know where to find this fugitive, you can anonymously report your tip to the Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling 223-1400, submitting the tip online at www.polkcountycrimestoppers.org or text your tip to “CRIMES” (274637) keyword “PCCS.” Cash rewards paid up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of the person



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