Ankeny rapist allegedly kidnaps, assaults woman, kicks cops

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Robert Isaac Shields, 22, of Ankeny was arrested Saturday on charges of assault causing serious injury, third-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault causing injury-peace officers and others.


An Ankeny man on probation for a 2019 conviction for sex crimes was arrested Saturday afternoon in West Des Moines after allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a woman and then injuring the police officers who arrested him.

Robert Isaac Shields, 22, of 1206 S.E. Belmont Dr., Ankeny, was charged with assault causing serious injury, third-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault causing injury-peace officers and others.

The incident began about 1 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Bridgewood Drive, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex.

Inside one of the apartments, Shields allegedly held a woman captive “against her will,” according to court records. “The victim attempted to escape multiple times and was physically restrained” by Shields.

“Cries for help from the victim were heard by witnesses and officers,” according to court records.

Law enforcement gained entry to the residence, and the investigation determined that Shields allegedly “assaulted the victim by choking and striking her, causing the victim to lose consciousness, sustain a concussion and receive cuts and bruising all over her body,” according to court records.

In the course of the arrest, Shields allegedly “resisted, kicked and struck” two West Des Moines Police Officers, “resulting in injury,” according to court records.

Shields is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a hearing June 23 in Dallas County District Court.

Shields was arrested in West Des Moines June 6 on a charge of public intoxication. The case is pending in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor in 2019 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness in 2019 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault on persons in certain occupations in 2019 in Polk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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