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DES MOINES, Iowa–  Des Moines Police think the same suspect carried out a pair of robberies on the Drake University campus this month.

One was caught on tape; Des Moines Police just released the surveillance video from earlier this month.

The video starts with the suspect walking through a parking lot wearing what police say is an orange or peach hoodie.

The suspect then confronts two students at gunpoint along a walking path near 32nd Street.

Both students were ordered to lay on the ground and hand over their wallets, credit cards, and cash.

Neither victim was injured, and police think the same suspect was behind at least one other robbery in the Drake Area.

“We think the same person is responsible for, and we got this video finally this is the biggest lead that we have right now, we know there is someone out there that will recognize this guy either by his clothes or by his appearance. There is always reward money available,” Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said.

Police only have a vague description of the suspect, and it’s also difficult to see the person in the security video.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Jesus Balderas was checking on his brother’s bike at a bike shop near 6th Avenue and Forest when he heard a yelp from a dumpster. Someone had abandoned a dog in the trash.

“I went to go reach him and grab him and he kind of nipped at me, you know he was scared, so I was like, ‘let me go get a pair of gloves and see him and check him out’. You could see his spine. It was kind of sad, what kind of person would do this to this poor little dog? It’s just pitiful” said Balderas.

The chihuahua had been left to die alone, caged in the trash. The ARL believes the impact of being dropped popped the crate open and allowed the dog to climb to the top of the garbage pile. He only weighed four and a half pounds had zero body fat, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and intestinal parasites.

“It really pulls at our hearts, especially in this. We’re here for the animals and when we see something like this there’s just a ton of questions we have, and what the public is probably thinking too is why? I mean, why was this an option?” said Josh Colvin of the ARL.

But that’s where the sad part of the story stops and the good part picks up.

“Oscar is a wonderful dog, he is so sweet, he’s doing better, he’s putting the weight on, and he still needs some more baths because you know he has some discoloration on his fur, but he’s in great spirits” said Colvin.

Oscar needs to put on some more weight before he’s ready to be adopted. His rescuer says he wishes it could be him, but someone else will have to step up.

“I wanted to adopt it myself but right now I’m really in a bit of trouble with money. For someone out there, I hope you do save this dog and put it into a good family” said Balderas.

The ARL has started an investigation into the case.

They are also asking anyone with information to call 515-208-9248. You can remain anonymous if you have a tip.