Train victim suspected of Des Moines break-in

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who died after being hit by a train in Des Moines is suspected of earlier attacking someone in a nearby home.

Police say 32-year-old Lopez Christian Webster died Tuesday night after trying to climb between freight cars of a moving train.

Des Moines Sgt. Richard Wallace says a witness told officers the man appeared to be running to beat the Union Pacific train before it crossed the 1900 block of East Grand Avenue.

Just minutes before the train killed Webster, someone matching his description entered a nearby home, ordered a man inside to his knees and stabbed him in the arm with a small knife. The intruder then grabbed something and fled.

The train engineer didn’t notice Webster. Authorities stopped the train in Ankeny.

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