Trial starts Monday of alleged teenage armed robber

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The trial of a West Des Moines man will begin Monday in connection with the 2018 armed robbery of a Mexican restaurant in West Des Moines.

Buay Kong Chuol, 22, of 2801 E. P. True Parkway, West Des Moines, allegedly robbed the Tasty Tacos restaurant at 6326 Mills Civic Parkway about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2018. He was 19 at the time of the alleged robbery.

According to court records, Chuol allegedly “entered into the restaurant with his head covered, pointed a gun and laser at the victim’s chest, instructed them to open the register and took the money which was placed on the counter.”

Chuol was later identified by witnesses and in a police line-up, according to court records.

Chuol was charged with first-degree robbery and is held without bond in the Dallas County Jail.

Chuol was convicted of third-degree theft in 2020 in Dallas County District Court. He was arrested on a charge of third-degree theft in 2019 in West Des Moines. The case is pending in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2017 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of fifth-degree theft in 2017 in Polk County District Court. He was arrested on a charge of third-degree theft in 2017 in Des Moines. The case is pending in Polk County District Court. He was arrested on charges of interference with official acts-firearm, first-offense trafficking in stolen weapons and carrying weapons in 2017 in Des Moines. The case is pending in Polk County District Court. He was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree theft in 2017 in West Des Moines. The case is pending 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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