Cedar Rapids police: man pistol whipped, gun thrown into day care playground

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police said a man was pistol whipped in the Wal-Mart parking lot Monday and the weapon was tossed into a playground.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart, 3601 29th Ave. SW, around 11 a.m. Monday. Buelow said the victim — a 20-year-old Wal-Mart employee — got into an argument in the parking lot and was pistol whipped. The victim and suspect are believed to have known each other, Buelow said.

Police located the suspect vehicle — a Pontiac Grand Prix — near the Westdale Court Apartments, 2155 Westdale Drive SW. Buelow said three suspects fled in the Grand Prix and a pursuit ensued. The chase ended in the 4400 block of 21st Avenue when the suspects ran from the vehicle. All three were captured after a short foot chase around 12:15 p.m.

Buelow said the suspects threw a handgun into the playground at Harvest Christian Daycare Center, 4070 22nd Ave. SW. The gun was recovered by officers.

All three suspects were arrested.

— Robert A. Sims, 26, of Cedar Rapids, faces one count of assault with a weapon for hitting the victim in the head with the handgun.

— Delbert A. McNeil, 26, of Cedar Rapids, faces charges of providing false information and interference with official acts. He was wanted on warrants for failure to appear, revocation of probation and escape.

— Kendale Jones, 20, of Iowa City, faces one count of interference with official acts. He was also wanted on a warrant for second-degree robbery.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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