Des Moines area drive-by shooting suspects arrested in Pottawattamie County


July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9:58-a.m.)…

Three people were taken into custody early this morning in connection with a recent drive-by shooting which occurred in Des Moines. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News the incident became known to authorities in western Iowa very early this morning. Danker says at 1:39-a.m there was an all-points bulletin to law enforcement about a silver sedan with Nebraska plates that was possibly involved in a shooting in Des Moines. Authorities were able to track the suspects by “pinging” a cell phone as they traveled across the state heading back to Nebraska.

The Sheriff says Cass County Deputy Ben Bartholomew was traveling west on I-80 next to a silver Oldsmobile Alero. As the car passed the deputies’ cruiser, Bartholomew pulled in behind the car and began to follow it.  The deputy ran the car’s license plates, which came back as a white Dodge van. Several other law enforcement agencies, including deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol and a DOT Enforcement officer assisted in conducting a felony traffic stop of the suspect’s vehicle at around 2:15-a.m..  near the Shelby exit.

The suspects, 24-year old Kendra Akins, 24-year old Ivory Goodwin and 26-year old Shera Goodwin, all of whom are from Nebraska, were taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was impounded at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department. Officials with the Des Moines Police Department traveled to Pottawattamie County to bring the individuals back to Polk County. Danker could not say for certain if a weapon was found in the vehicle. Additional information about the incident in Des Moines which resulted in the suspect’s arrests, is still not available.