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Man Jumps into Des Moines River To Escape From Police

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines man is in the Polk County jail after trying to escape from police by jumping into the Des Moines River.

The incident started a little after 1 p.m. Saturday at H & A Liquor and BP at the corner of Second and University avenues.

Police said Perry Lomax, 31, threatened the clerk and left with a handful of cash and cigarettes.

The clerk gave police a description of the Lomax, and he was spotted by an off-duty officer who was driving across the river on Interstate 235. Several officers cornered Lomax along the banks of the river under the freeway bridge.

"He stopped; ran into the river; stayed in about 20 feet, and it took about 10 minutes to talk him out of running," said Des Moines police Capt. Dave Huberty. "He considered trying to swim across the river. We told him we had officers on the other side. We also told him we had a boat coming down and we would get him out.

"So ultimately, he ended up getting out of the water on his own. We handcuffed him without any issue."

Police charged Lomax with second-degree robbery and interference.

No one was injured.