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Naked Des Moines man arrested for stealing vehicle, assaulting police

DES MOINES, Iowa – A naked man who stole a vehicle before taking police on a foot chase through a neighborhood Friday morning has been arrested, police said. 

Des Moines resident Diamond Dolo, 35, is being charged with two counts of assault on a police officer causing bodily injury and two counts of first degree theft, Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said in a press release.

Police responded to a call of a naked man on the roof of an apartment around 7:38 a.m. in the Iowa neighborhood of Beaverdale, Parizek said. 

Before police arrived, Dolo climbed down from the roof then stole an SUV from a nearby parking lot, police said. 

Just before 8 a.m., as police were searching for Dolo in the stolen vehicle, dispatch received calls from people reporting a man at an apartment who was “confronting residents and barking like a dog,” police said in a news release. Dolo later told police in a statement that he had been using illegal narcotics

Police arrived soon after at which time Dolo assaulted an officer, tried to steal a police vehicle and took the officers on a foot chase through the neighborhood, scaling fences and climbing on roofs in an attempt to flee police. 

He deployed a Taser twice, “with no effect,” and eventually arrested at 8:14, according to the release.

An officer who has been with the department 15 years and an officer with the department for 31 years were both treated at a local hospital for minor injuries sustained while attempting to take Dolo into custody, police said.

Dolo was also treated for minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital. He is being taken to the Polk County Jail, the release said. 

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