DES MOINES, Iowa — One person was injured and another is behind bars after an attempted car robbery that damaged a south Des Moines gas station.
The incident unfolded at the Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh on SE 14th Street at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday night. According to Des Moines Police, 24-year-old Cory Copley attempted to steal a Chevy Malibu from the parking lot, and beat up the driver of the car in the process.
The car violently backed into a support beam during the attempted carjacking, which destroyed the rear half of the Malibu and left significant damage on the beam’s brick facade. However, the beam itself appeared to remain structurally sound.
Copley, of Bondurant, attempted to leave the scene but was arrested by Des Moines Police. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a weapon by a felon. He also faces traffic charges related to the incident.
The victim of the attempted carjacking was rushed to a local hospital for medical care. Police say they suffered minor injuries.