A manhunt is underway in Des Moines after a man died Wednesday following his attempt at breaking up a bar-room brawl. The fight at the South Side Pizza and Pub broke out early Wednesday morning between two men, one of them, 38-year-old Robert Jerde of Des Moines.
Witnesses tell police a bystander, 59-year-old Dennis Levang, tried to separate the two brawlers and got hit himself and was knocked down. Levang died about 11 hours later, never regaining consciousness. An autopsy’s planned.
Police have issued a warrant for Jerde’s arrest on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He’s white, 5-11, 165 pounds, short brown hair, brown eyes & several tattoos.