Des Moines man allegedly forgets name after pilfering car

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Michael Jerome Martin Jr., 42, of Des Moines was arrested Thursday in West Des Moines on charges of public intoxication, harassment of a public official or employee and third-degree burglary.

A Des Moines man was arrested Thursday morning in the Jordan Creek shopping center after allegedly burglarizing a parked car and then refusing to identify himself to law enforcement.

Michael Jerome Martin Jr., 42, of 1420 Mulberry St., Des Moines, was charged with public intoxication, harassment of a public official or employee and third-degree burglary.

The incident began about 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 6300 block of Stagecoach Drive in West Des Moines, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department located Martin as “matching the description of a suspect who had just committed a car burglary,” according to court records.

Martin “was positively identified by a witness,” who claimed to have seen Martin allegedly “enter an unoccupied vehicle from the passenger side.”

According to court records, Martin “had issues remembering where he is and what his name is,” and he “was uncooperative with answering questions.”

Martin allegedly “refused to give his name after being asked numerous times,” but he “ultimately provided his social security number after being in custody for 20 minutes,” according to court records.

The officers observed that Martin had “impaired balance.”

Martin is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 16 in Dallas County District Court.

Martin was arrested in Des Moines Oct. 23 on a charge of interference with official acts. The case is pending in Polk County District Court. He was arrested in Des Moines Oct. 27 on charges of public intoxication and interference with official acts in Des Moines. The case is pending in Polk County District Court.

Martin was convicted of public intoxication in 2001 in Dickinson County District Court, He was convicted of consumption/intoxication in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of interference with official acts in 2009 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of public intoxication in 2016, 2017, 2019 and September 2020 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault on police officers and other 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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