West Des Moines man allegedly assaults wife at work

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Andrew Stephen Crabtree, 36, of West Des Moines was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree burglary, stalking, second-offense domestic abuse assault and violation of a no-contact order.


A West Des Moines man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Thursday for allegedly assaulting his wife at her workplace.

Andrew Stephen Crabtree, 36, of 305 29th St., West Des Moines, was charged with first-degree burglary, stalking, second-offense domestic abuse assault and violation of a no-contact order.

A warrant for Crabtree’s arrest was ordered May 20 in Dallas County District Court and served July 1 in connection with a May 19 incident in Des Moines in which Crabtree allegedly entered a residence where the victim was working and “shoved” the victim “to the ground and struck her in the groin and in the back, causing bodily injury,” according to court records.

Officers observed on the victim “a red mark on her back that appeared to be bruising,” and she “also had a foot imprint on her shirt.”

The no-contact order stemmed from Crabtree’s conviction in connection with a July 1, 2020, incident in Des Moines in which Crabtree “blocked” the victim “in the parking lot with his car” and “grabbed two large kitchen knives” and “came at her with knives, saying he was going to murder her,” according to court records.

Earlier in the day, Crabtree called the victim and said that “he would gut her and hang her from a tree.”

Crabtree was arrested June 25, 2021, in Warren County on charge of dominion/control of firearm/offensive weapon by a domestic abuser after he “was pulled over due to his warrants, and he was found to be in possession of a homemade firearm device,” according to court records.

Crabtree is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $40,500 cash or surety bond in advance of an initial appearance Friday in Dallas County District Court.

Crabtree was convicted of assault in 2003 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault-use/display of a weapon in 2004 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of assault with intent to inflict serious injury in 2005 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of first-offense domestic abuse assault in July 2020 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of violation of a no-contact order in December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021 in Polk County District Court. He was arrested on a charge of violation of a no-contact order in May 2021. The case is pending in Dallas 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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