Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man accused of attacking man he asked for help

A Cedar Rapids man who reportedly called for help to a passing bicyclist early Sunday was arrested for assault causing injury after allegedly attacking the man who stopped to help.

Casey Carpenter, 37, was walking shirtless near the intersection of Bever Avenue and 30th Street around 3 a.m. Sunday when he called for help to a bicyclist who had stopped at the intersection, police reported.

“When the victim stopped, Carpenter attacked him,” Cedar Rapids Police Spokesman Greg Buelow wrote in an email to The Gazette.

When police arrived at 3:09 a.m., following several 911 calls reporting two males fighting in the middle of the street, they found a 28-year-old male with numerous injuries to his knees, chest, elbows and chin, Buelow said. The victim said Carpenter bit him on the chin and chest.

Police found Carpenter near Mount Vernon Road and Memorial Drive SE. He was charged with public intoxication in addition to assault.

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