Alleged Cedar Rapids downtown brawler, truck thief arrested twice after release from jail

New incidents reported at Ground Transportation Center, St. Luke's Hospital

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man arrested earlier this week for fighting downtown and later accused of stealing a truck ran afoul of the law twice again after his release from jail.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to the Ground Transportation Center, 450 First St. SE, around 2 p.m. Thursday. There, they found 20-year-old Christian Van Dee trespassing in the center. Buelow said Van Dee signed a consent to appear and he was released.

The run-in with police happened about an hour after Van Dee was released from the Linn County Jail on previous charges, Buelow said. Van Dee was one of two people arrested Wednesday afternoon after a fight broke out at Greene Square and carried over to the library.

In addition to a disorderly conduct charge, Van Dee was also charged with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing a truck and trailer from Huber Enterprises on Sunday. Van Dee was identified by photos of the theft posted to social media, as well as photos Van Dee allegedly posted of himself inside the stolen truck. Authorities said Van Dee also bragged about committing the theft.

Van Dee was arrested again early Friday morning when police were called to St. Luke’s Hospital for a report of a person causing problems at the hospital. Officers said that person was Van Dee and he had threatened to go back to the hospital and harm hospital staff.

Those allegations earned Van Dee a trip back to the Linn County Jail. In addition to his previous charges, he now faces new charges of trespass and first-degree harassment.

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