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Three charged in beating death of Des Moines man

From DesMoines Register
3:04 PM, Aug 30, 2013 | by Regina Zilbermints

Yarvon Russell
Yarvon Russell
James Shorter
James Shorter

Three 18-year-old men have been charged with murder in the beating death of a Des Moines man last weekend.

Yarvon Nathaniel Russell, 18, James Alon Shorter, 18, and Kent Anthony Tyler III, 18, all of Des Moines, were charged Friday with first-degree murder.

Russell has been arrested and is being held in Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Shorter was taken into custody by Des Moines police and a  warrant has been issued for Tyler’s arrest.

Officers found Richard Daughenbaugh, 40, severely beaten in a parking lot near the Center Street bridge around 1 a.m. Sunday. He later died from his injuries at a local hospital.
Richard Daughenbaugh
The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as undetermined.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax said Daughenbaugh apparently got into a verbal altercation with one of the three suspects; Halifax declined to say which one. The altercation turned physical when one of the men attacked Daughenbaugh. The other two men  – and likely several others – joined in.

“We feel there are probably more and if we can file charges, we will,” Halifax said.

Besides the three charged, there were apparently several dozen people gathered in the parking lot during the beating.

Police received only one 911 call, from a woman fishing with her boyfriend, who apparently tried to stop the attack. She was hit while trying to step in. Her boyfriend tried to defend her and was assaulted as well.

Franreca Woods
Franreca Woods
Shanayia Hamer
Shanayia Hamer
Leprese Williams
Leprese Williams

Le’Prese Derrion Williams, 21, of Des Moines, was charged with willful injury for that attack. Two others, Shanayia Hamer, 22, and Franreca Woods, 18, were charged with first-degree theft for allegedly taking and throwing the woman’s cell phone when she tried calling 911.

Detectives don’t know why the group had gathered and don’t know what Daughenbaugh was doing in the area.

“I don’t think we’ll ever really know,” Halifax said.

While some in the crowd were reportedly gang members, police said they don’t believe the beating was gang-related. There is no indication Daughenbaugh had anything to do with any gangs or knew anyone involved in the beating, Halifax said.

“The phrase mob mentality is accurate here,” Halifax said. “Once the assault began, acquaintances of the first suspect jumped in.

Detectives have interviewed more than 20 witnesses but believe there are likely others who can contribute to the case and urged them to come forward.

“It’s very common, when we have larger groups, that not everyone comes forward,” Halifax said.

Anyone with information can call Des Moines police’s robbery-homicide unit at (515) 283-4869 or report an anonymous tip to Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400.

Daughenbaugh’s death was the eighth homicide in Des Moines so far this year and the 10th in Polk County.
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4 responses to “Three charged in beating death of Des Moines man

  1. J.G.Lord 2013-08-31 at 3:18 am

    as I read this I was in awe that no one will call it a hate crime or a crime of hate. Surely there was agner and rage present but to exclude hate as fuel is foolie. if the tables were turned this would be national news..foder for the main stream press of liberal speakers.


    • angelforisrael 2013-09-03 at 9:42 pm

      The media [and law enforcement is guilty, too] is too scared to use the term ‘hate crime’ when it’s a black on white crime for fear of angering the black community and causing riots. 😦


  2. Talon's Point 2013-08-31 at 2:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Talon's Point and commented:
    This is just 1 example of why more minorities are in prison than whites. Sorry to burst someone’s bubble but I’m not a racist. Yes, whites still harm minorities and should be prosecuted, but there is a subculture of violence, egged on by the thug style entertainment media, that is sweeping minorities far more than white, especially the black community where the 2 parent family has become the exception rather than the rule, virtually ignored by so called leaders like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton et al save for a little lip servce and only when they use it as a backdrop to blame whites.


    • angelforisrael 2013-09-03 at 9:36 pm

      It’s sad that the racial divide in our country seems to be growing and it’s out of control. Nothing is going to improve until the likes of Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, and other race hustlers change their way of thinking and start holding the black community accountable instead of blaming ‘whitey’


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