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Des Moines police: 1 suspect arrested, 1 on the run in connection to Court Avenue fight

Police say they are still searching for a second suspect who was recorded stabbing someone during the incident early in the morning Aug. 9.

DES MOINES, Iowa — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from Thursday, Sept. 15

Multiple people were hospitalized after an overnight fight in early September turned into a stabbing, shooting and serious car crash in downtown Des Moines. 

Police say this incident started on 3rd Street and Court Avenue as bars closed the early morning of Friday, Sept. 9.

During the fight, one person was stabbed. Another person grabbed a gun from a parked car and shot another individual involved in the fight, according to police.

25-year-old Terrion Maxfield of West Des Moines was arrested and charged Wednesday for multiple felonies in connection to the Aug. 9 altercation. 

Police identified 24-year-old Teathloach Bilim as a second suspect in the stabbing Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Police say they are still searching for a second suspect who stabbed someone during the fight.

Both the stabbing and shooting victims are in critical condition as of Friday evening.

Later, a car police believe belongs to the shooting suspect crashed into a pole around SE 5th Street and Pioneer Road after being spotted by police. 

The crash was about two miles away from where the altercation originally started.

The male driver ran away from the scene of the crash, and a female passenger remained in the car. 

Police say she is in the hospital with serious injuries and is not considered a suspect at this time. Officers recovered a gun from inside the car.


Posted by Des Moines Police on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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DMPD Sgt. Paul Parizek said that the community was a big help as the incident was ongoing.

"People were posting videos on social media. Those are very helpful for us. It helps us identify people," Parizek said. "We've also got the Court Avenue cameras down there that are helpful. And then obviously recovering that car, that handgun, those are two big pieces."

Parizek says with this many scenes going on at a time, it can be stressful for police resources — but, last night, they were prepared to handle this case.

"We had adequate resources last night. And then the fact that the information and the evidence started coming together pretty quickly, we were able to connect those and detectives were able to move forward fast," Parizek said.

He added that this is one of the first big incidents to happen since earlier this year when police were seeing a steady flow of violence downtown.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Crimestoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400 or DMPD detectives at 515-971-0729.

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