Two of a kind
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, 26, was arrested at a Texas airport in May for possession of marijuana after TSA found a “green leafy substance” during a security check. He was taken into custody and later turned over to local police, who confirmed the substance was 0.5 grams of marijuana. Later that night, Khalifa tweeted a photo of himself in a jail cell with the simple caption “Jail selfie.”
In a less glamorized but similar incident, Alexander John Snyder, also 26, was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail for possession of marijuana on Aug. 7. If Snyder also happened to tweet about his time in jail, it didn’t make headlines.
This information was obtained from the Polk County Crime Stoppers website. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Des Moines Police Detective Bureau asks that anyone with information on the location or identity of this suspect call 515-283-4864 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.
The Urbandale Police Department is seeking help in identifying a suspect in a theft investigation at a local park. If you or anyone you know has information on the identity or whereabouts of this person or the case, you are asked to contact the Urbandale Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 515-278-3926 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Polk County CrimeStoppers at 515-223-1400.
Blotter — Des Moines
A phony robbery
Shabani Mayugi approached an officer at a QT gas station on Aug. 13 to report his phone stolen. He told the officer he was parked and sitting in his car at the DMACC parking lot waiting to pick up a friend who lived several blocks away when someone approached the vehicle and threatened to punch him, then pushed him and took his phone from the center console. The officer said Mayugi’s story was inconsistent, and the people he was with said they didn’t see anything. A friend in the car stated he gave his friend $50 because “they were going to a movie or something, and that the movie didn’t exist.” The officer suspected this was a bad drug deal and Mayugi only wanted a case to give to the insurance company for a new phone.
Officers responded to a silent alarm at Los Laureles Mexican Restaurant at 4:12 a.m. on Aug. 12. When they arrived, officers noticed a window shattered by a large rock on the west side of the business. The key holder arrived and let police in to secure the building, when they noticed the cash register was missing. The owner arrived and played back the surveillance footage, and officers were able to identify two suspects wearing black pants and sweaters and white masks that looked like a dust mask. According to the footage, a suspect threw a rock into the window at about 3:59 a.m., and one suspect entered through the window and exited without anything visible in his hands. A few minutes later, one suspect entered through the window and exited with what appeared to be the cash register and then ran westbound. The footage will be sent to detectives for further investigation.
Family feud turns nearly deadly
Police were dispatched to 1026 24th St. in Des Moines to assist the fire department with a structure fire. The first floor window frame on the south side of the house was smoldering when police arrived. The fire department put it out and called for an investigator. Mark O’harra, who lives in the basement of the residence, said he smelled smoke and came outside to find the window still smoldering. Timothy Fenton also lives in the basement and told police he was having a feud with his foster sister, who is a suspect, and that she had been threatening his life. A previous case was made for that harassment. CV