Suspect in burglary tied up when police arriveA suspect in a burglary was already in custody when Des Moines police arrived Tuesday night at a house on the city’s east side.
Dominique Erick Lee, 21, of Des Moines, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, parole violation, possession of a weapon as a felon and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.
Officers said they arrived at 1526 E. 22nd St. about 7:45 p.m. to find a shotgun on the floor and Lee detained on the floor with vacuum cleaner cord wrapped around his feet. His fingers were bleeding from machete wounds.
I'd say young Mr. Lee didn't exactly scope out his intended victims very well.
Police said Lee entered the residence with the shotgun and began ordering the occupants of the residence into a bedroom at the back of the house. Several of the occupants of the house, including Rene Amaya, 43, resisted and overpowered Lee. During the struggle, police said, the shotgun discharged, blowing a hole in a recliner, but no one was injured in the blast.
One of the machete cuts nearly removed the top of one of Lee’s fingers, police said. He was taken to Broadlawns Medical Center for treatment and later was transported to the Polk County Jail.
Actually, he was lucky his intended victims were not the vigilante kind.
There were four shells in the shotgun when police confiscated it as evidence in the burglary.