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Iowa Man Assaults Officer With Toy Monkey

January 09, 2012  | 

A Des Moines (Iowa) Police officer was struck in the face with a stuffed monkey while questioning a 24-year-old suspect who had caused a disturbance in a convenience store late Saturday.

Officer Andrew Pirtle stopped Preston James Phipps, 24, several blocks from the Git-N-Go convenience store at 2601 S.W. Ninth St., after allegedly causing problems and stealing several items, including the stuffed monkey.

Phipps was arrested and charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct, and assault on a police officer, reports the Des Moines Register.

Tags: Odd Crimes, Des Moines PD, Assaults on Officers


Comments (5)

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Bob@Az. @ 1/9/2012 10:37 AM

Officer Pirtle, Good job. I hope by now the kidding and joking among your fellow officers has abated a bit. That stuffed monkey could have been something a lot more harmful. Just remember this after "one of those shifts" down the road, maybe it will bring a smile to your face. Stay safe.

Tim @ 1/9/2012 5:22 PM

Bob, while it could have been something much more harmful the perp threw a stuft animal. Pirtle sounds like a little girl.

Lee @ 1/9/2012 6:50 PM

Tim...How does he sound like a little girl? The suspect threw a 'stuffed' animal at the officer, and was arrested on multiple charges including assault. I would have done the same thing...But I am guessing that because the suspect threw a toy, that makes the officer less of a man? What if it was a diversion tactic...Grow up.

T. Murphy @ 1/10/2012 6:59 AM

Officer Pirtle, thanks for the laugh out loud moment. I agree with Bob from AZ, I am sure you had to endure a lot of "ball-busting" but I know it's all in fun. It's always a pleasure to learn of the humor on our job, but again, as Bob put it, "stay safe" because you never know what is coming next.

Martyb @ 1/10/2012 8:29 AM

"Watch out for the monkey's; they bite" - Dennis Hopper, Apocolypse Now... They also throw poop. I'm glad that the officer is ok and the perp went to jail... This is what street legends and great retirement dinner stories.

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