UPDATE: West Des Moines Police Charge Suspect in Parking Lot Rage

Victim watched as suspect allegedly vandalized her vehicle, "astonished at what had just happened."

 said Tuesday they have identified and charged the woman who allegedly keyed another motorist’s car in the parking lot at 1725 Jordan Creek Parkway last month because she was allegedly upset over how the woman had parked her 2012 Honda Pilot.

In a news release, police Sgt. Ken O'Brien said that with the assistance of the public, police were able to identify the suspect as Stephanie Teachout, 36, of 605 Madison St., De Soto. She has been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief, a simple misdemeanor, O'Brien said.

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Suspect: Angry Woman Took Her 'Sweet Time'

Patch on March 7 that the victim, Cynthia Buchanan, of Waukee, said she watched as the suspect keyed her vehicle, leaving a foot-long gouge.

The dispute started when Buchanan didn’t realize she was being paged to the front of the store. When she took her groceries to her vehicle, the suspect allegedly confronted her, screaming profanities about how badly she had parked her car and asking Buchanan why she had taken her “sweet time” getting to the parking lot.

The suspect, who faces charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for allegedly using an abusive epithet, vandalized the car in front of Buchanan, according to a report filed by Officer Jason Lichty.

“Cynthia stood there astonished at what had just happened,” Lichty said.

Polk County Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person involved in this incident. Crime tips can anonymously report your tip to Polk County Crime Stoppers by calling (515) 223-1400, submitting your tip online at polkcountycrimestoppers.org or text your tip to “CRIMES” (274637) keyword.

Anyone with information concerning this or other active cases is asked to contact the West Des Moines Police Department at (515) 222-3329 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400.


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