Suspect Shot Escaping Iowa CU Hold-Up
DES MOINES, Iowa – Police shot and wounded a suspect in Friday’s armed robbery at Tradesmen Community CU who is accused of leading them on a chase, carjacking a van and trying to harm officers by ramming their cruisers with the stolen vehicle.
The suspect survived Friday afternoon's shooting and was taken to a local hospital Mercy Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
The suspect, identified as Robin Brooks, 27, faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree theft and second-degree robbery.
The violence began shortly after noon when a man identified as Brooks walked into the credit union and told the teller he had a gun and demanded money, police said. The assailant fled in a white Chevrolet Lumina as a credit union employee triggered a silent alarm. Patrol officers spotted the sedan and pursued.
During the chase. Brooks ditched the car and fled on foot. He ran for about a block, where he dragged a woman from her a white GMC van and drove away, police said.
The woman was uninjured; police recovered Brooks' handgun at the scene of the carjacking, said police.
Brooks allegedly rammed a pursuing police cruiser. Police believe Brooks was trying to kill them in the collision, resulting in the attempted- murder charge.
Four officers fired on the van. The four have been out on paid leave pending a police investigation into the incident.