Officers Seize Guns, Body Armor and Fake Explosive

Officers arrested three men and recovered multiple firearms, body armor, and even a fake explosive device in three separate cases last week.

Last Thursday, Robbery Unit Detectives were preparing to serve a warrant at the Des Moines home of a 40-year-old man they believed had fired a gun during a recent bank robbery in Seattle. As SWAT officers moved toward the home they located what appeared to be an explosive device on the front gate of the residence.  The Arson and Bomb Squad was called to recover the device. SWAT officers took the suspect into custody without incident and ABS detectives determined the device was fake.

Police searched the home and recovered guns an ballistic armor from inside the suspect’s home and an RV.


Friday afternoon members of the SPD Gun Violence Reduction Unit were working in the area of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. The detectives spotted a 25-year-old man who had a US Marshals warrant for his arrest. They took him into custody without incident and recovered a stolen handgun.

The man is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.


In a Sunday afternoon incident, officers in the area around 23 Ave S and S Jackson St saw a 46-year-old male brandishing a handgun while walking around a parking lot, yelling at several people. Additional units responded and contacted the male, who dropped the firearm. The suspect ran from officers and entered a nearby business. Officers found the suspect and took him into custody. The suspect is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. Officers impounded the suspect’s vehicle pending a search warrant.