WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in West Des Moines have issued arrest warrants for four people in connection with a kidnapping and robbery case that happened at Raccoon River Park last weekend.
Police say the following individuals are considered armed and dangerous:
18-year-old Marcus Dwight Townsend
16-year-old Kashosi Jean De Dieu
18-year-old Malik Torrance O’Dale Terry
18-year-old Joshua Barjebo
Police say the case stems from a drug deal gone wrong. A 15-year-old was robbed and beaten during the incident that began during a drug transaction at Raccoon River Park on May 11th.
Eighteen-year-old John Templeton IV was arrested Tuesday in the case. He is in the Polk County Jail facing two counts each of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
If you have any information about the case contact West Des Moines Police at 222-3316.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines 18-year-old is charged with kidnapping and robbery after police say he and four others robbed a 15-year-old during a drug deal at Raccoon River Park.
Eighteen-year-old John Templeton IV is being held in the Polk County Jail on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
Online court records show the charges stem from an incident on May 11th at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. The criminal complaint says the victim in the case, a 15-year-old male, was meeting Templeton to buy marijuana. He was told to get into Templeton’s SUV to conduct the transaction and a short time later Templeton and the other four people inside began beating him.
The complaint claims the victim was robbed of his cell phone, money, wallet, keys, and shoes.
Templeton drove the SUV out of the park and to the Deer Ridge Apartment Complex at 6009 Creston Ave. in Des Moines, against the victim’s will. That’s where the victim was told to get out of the SUV and started running.
The complaint says during the robbery a gun was passed around and pointed at the victim.
Police have not released information about the other suspects in the case.
Templeton was arrested Tuesday night. He is being held on a bond of $2 million.