UPDATE: TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEARCH FOR WEAPON ALONG ROADWAY
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Update: The driver has been identified as 31-year old Martin Leon Morales of Ames, also known as Ricardo Cordova-Cienfuego. The bonds were posted on his charges filed in Polk County; however due to warrants from Story County, Morales was transported to the Story County Jail Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013. Gumaro Escareno-Chavez, the passenger, was charged with open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and carrying weapons. Escareno-Chavez is a 28-year old Des Moines resident.
One firearm was recovered during the search of a ditch near NE 72nd Street and NE 86th Avenue after a traffic stop in that area Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. A Polk County Deputy initially stopped a black Dodge Ram pick-up truck at approximately 5:00 a.m. at NE 5th and North Grant Street for failing to stop at the stop sign at North Grant and NE 2nd Street. Shortly after the deputy made contact with the two occupants he noticed a firearm inside the vehicle; at this point, the driver suddenly drove northbound on NE Grant (NE 72nd Street) at a very high rate of speed.
The deputy pursued the vehicle until it finally stopped at NE 134th Avenue and Yoder Drive. There, the two occupants were taken into custody and then transported to the Polk County Jail where they were booked on a number of charges. Other deputies searched the area between the original stop and the location of the arrest and located a revolver in a ditch in the 8600 block of NE 72nd Street.
Identification technicians are attempting to positively identify the driver through fingerprints; he has been charged with eluding, open container, failure to stop at stop sign, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, and carrying weapons. Gumaro Escareno-Chavez, the passenger, was charged with open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and carrying weapons. Escareno-Chavez is a 28-year old Des Moines resident.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to immediately notify law enforcement anytime a firearm is found, do not touch it, and keep children away from the area until law enforcement has determined it is safe.
Please note that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is not guilty until and unless determined by a court of law.