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DES MOINES, Iowa — A man who worked for a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth, young adults and adults, is charged with enticing a minor under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose. Akil Jabbar was terminated by Creative Visions on December 3, 2018, the same day he was arrested and booked in the Polk County Jail. According to the criminal complaint and affidavit, Jabbar met with the minor in the middle of the night, even though her mother had told Jabbar to have no additional contact with her, with the intent of committing an illegal sex act with her.

Court documents say Jabbar planned to supply the girl with illegal drugs and alcohol. Ankeny Police say messages on social media corroborate the allegations. The CEO of Creative Visions, Ako Abdul-Samad, addressed the arrest today.

“Yesterday morning we found out that our part-time employee Akil Jabbar was arrested,” said Ako. “In doing our due diligence, we learned what the charges were. Due to our policies and the nature of the charges, we could not continue his employment at Creative Visions, until the issues are completely resolved.”

Jabbar has an extensive criminal background, but Ako says he was unaware of that, when he hired Jabbar.

“…We understand that he had some difficulties…,” said Ako. “But, do I know or did I know what his criminal background was, no.”

Ako says Creative Visions does not do criminal background checks when it hires employees.

“We had not to this point,” said Ako.

But Ako says moving forward, in light of this incident, that policy might change.

“Some of our policies may change,” said Ako. “You know, I mean we`re growing, you know, and situations cause you to look at your policies and what needs to be done to go forward to ensure the safety of, you know, your clients.”



DES MOINES, Iowa — One teen is dead and another is in critical condition after police say they stole a car and crashed it Monday night.

Police say it was a series of bad decision that ended with 16 year-old Emilio Esteban Garcia dead and an unnamed 17 year-old in critical condition.

“Started about 8:11 p.m. with this car being reported stolen on Jefferson avenue. Within about 35 minutes we had a report of gunfire in a neighborhood on the 4100 block of Rosehedge” said Des Moines Police Spokesman Paul Parizek.

Police say the two teenagers had taken the stolen car to Rosehedge and began rummaging through another car.

“It looked like they were moving property out of a car into another one and for some reason they just started shooting bullets into this car” said Parizek.

Police say the two left the area quickly. They had taken off before an officer responding to the gunfire could stop them. That’s when another officer responding to the gunfire came upon a violent wreck nearby at the intersection of 30th and Jefferson. According to police, witnesses to the crash estimated the car moving between 90 and 100 miles per hour before it clipped a U.S. Postal Service van and slammed into a group of trees. The driver of the van, miraculously, was not hurt.

“There was no way for him to estimate that that car was coming at him, who knows if he even saw it at those speeds, he’s very fortunate that he was not injured” said Parizek.

Emilio Garcia was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, his family released a statement reading:

“They are good kids, just misunderstood, both with families who are very devastated and our family is hoping and praying for the best. Emilio will be truly missed but never forgotten”

Police say the situation is sad all the way around.

“We’re looking right now at the impact of the community. We’ve got people who have their car shot up and had their property stolen both which makes them feel violated in and of themselves, but then we lost a 16 year-old kid. It’s heartbreaking” said Parizek.

Police say the initial car theft and the car the two targeted appear to be random.