Public Safety

Second suspect arrested in fatal Kum & Go shooting in northeast Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A second person has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 30 shooting death of an Illinois man at a northeast Cedar Rapids gas station.

Dawn Louise Benavidez, 47, of Davenport, faces a charge of accessory after the fact. She was arrested at her residence in Davenport on Wednesday.

Benavidez is accused of helping Todd R. Jenkins, 24, avoid capture, despite knowing an individual had been shot and killed, police said.

Benavidez and another individual went to Muscatine to help Jenkins drive back to Davenport and then helped conceal his whereabouts, police said.

Cedar Rapids police were called to the Kum & Go, 3132 First Ave. NE, just before 8 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019, where they found Reginald Ward, 27, had been shot. He was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police identified Jenkins as a suspect in the shooting and asked the U.S. Marshals Service to help locate him.

Jenkins was arrested March 26 at a hotel in Aurora, Ill., after attempting to flee out of a second-story window at the hotel.

Investigators are continuing to work the case and said additional arrests are possible.

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