Police say Illinois man attempted to steal car at Cedar Rapids McDonald's

Suspect also tried to take officer's gun, punched deputy at Linn County Jail, officials say

An Illinois man faces felony charges after punching a deputy in the face and attempting to steal a vehicle at a McDonald's in Cedar Rapids Saturday evening, authorities said.

According to officials, Jennifer Carr, 43 was ordering food at the drive-through at McDonald's, 1530 First Ave. NE, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and had pulled to the window to wait for her food when Dajuan S. Slatton, 22 of Markham, Ill., approached her vehicle and ordered her to get out.

Officials said Slatton reached in and began striking Carr in the head as she attempted to roll up her window. Carr put her car in reverse to get away from Slatton, then drove around the building and called 911.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said officers arriving at the scene saw Slatton “walking away quickly” near the 1400 block of First Avenue. Officers stopped Slatton, and he was then placed under arrest.

Police needed to transfer Slatton to another squad car when authorities said he became uncooperative. They said Slatton attempted to take the officer’s gun from the holster, but was unsuccessful since he was handcuffed. “He wouldn’t stand up, then he wouldn’t walk in between cars, then he wouldn't sit down,” Hamblin said.

Sgt. Hamblin did not know why Slatton needed to be transferred to another squad car, but said it could have been because the first squad car may not have had a “cage” or camera in it, or for a different reason.

While Slatton was being photographed at the Linn County Jail, officials said he struck Deputy Gordon Ralston in the face with a closed fist, causing an abrasion.

Slatton has been charged with second-degree robbery, disarming a police officer of a dangerous weapon, assault on a peace officer causing injury and interference with official acts.

Carr's injuries did not require a hospital visit, authorities said. Carr's teenage daughter was also in the car at the time of the incident, but she was not injured.

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