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Man turns self in, search for 2nd suspect in Des Moines triple homicide continues

Joshua Puloka, 44, turned himself into police and Demarcus L Simmons, 32, remains at large.

Editor's note: The above video on the Des Moines triple homicide originally aired Sept. 27, 2021.

DES MOINES, Wash. - One of the suspects connected to a triple homicide outside a sports pub on Pacific Highway S in Des Moines on Sept. 2 has turned himself in, according to the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD).

Joshua Puloka, 44, turned himself into police Monday evening and is being booked into jail on three counts of murder. Police sought Puloka, also known as Joshua Everybodytalksabout, and had considered him armed and dangerous. 

Additionally, the DMPD developed probable cause to arrest 32-year-old Demarcus L Simmons, also known as D Nice, for a felony assault, which occurred just before the shooting took place.

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Joshua Puloka (left) and Demarcus Simmons (right) are wanted in connection to a triple homicide outside a Des Moines sports pub on Sept. 26.

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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Simmons should contact the DMPD Tip Line at 206-870-6871.

The Sept. 26 incident took place in the early morning hours outside La Familia Sports Pub and Lounge.

The DMPD said that a dispute involving two people in the parking lot of the sports pub ended with them getting into two separate vehicles and shooting into a crowd outside.

Six people were hit by gunfire, three of whom died from their injuries.

Officers gathered surveillance footage and continued to receive tips, saying on Sept. 30 that there were several “persons of interest” related to the incident.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that helps lead to the arrest of Puloka or Simmons through Crime Stoppers with the help of friends and family of one of the victims.