Police/Family Hope for Answers in Random Beating - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Police/Family Hope for Answers in Random Beating

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by Phil Prazan




Des Moines Police are on the case of something that they say is very rare in city limits: a completely random, violent crime.

Mike  Wasike, was found lying with severe trauma on Twana drive Tuesday night.
Police determined he had been carjacked and badly beaten.  Thursday Police did recover his car, but they don't have any leads about the suspect.

With the victim in critical condition in the hospital, they can't interview him.  So they are digging into their own pockets to offer a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
"It appears to be a random victim. Now he's in critical condition. We're kind of in a holding pattern with the case until we have more information or more evidence to go with and we're hoping that this high level of reward will shake out some information for us," says Sgt. Jason Halifax from Des Moines PD.

Anyone who calls in a tip to Polk County Crime Stoppers (515-223-1400) can remain anonymous.

Joan Namachemo's kids poked her awake Tuesday night.  They said police were at the door telling them that their dad was at Methodist Hospital after he was almost beaten to death.
Now her life is a whirlwind.  Every hour she gets calls from well wishing neighbors, Police detectives working the case and Methodist Hospital staff where her husband Mike has been in a medically induced coma for two days.

The crime scene is back to normal now as bikers and commuters come home from work to what police say is a calm neighborhood.

Cars pack the driveway of Joan's house.  They're friends and neighbors visiting her after they heard how her husband was left for dead right in front of their house.  Some bring flowers, others just words of encouragement.
"Every single day I walk in my door, my three year old jumps on me and asks "mommy, where's daddy, I need to go see daddy right now."  I don't know what to tell him.  It's really hard for me.  So I just hope whoever did this, it's not going to happen to another family," says Namachemo.

Mike Wasike bears the financial burden in the family.  So while he's recovering in the hospital friends and neighbors are setting up a charity account where people can donate to help out.

We'll have that information for you as soon as it's available.


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