Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing car, running from police

Rodney Williams
Rodney Williams

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man faces theft charges after he was found with a stolen vehicle, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched at 2 p.m. Sunday to 1400 Sixth St. SW for a report of a stolen vehicle. A 24-year-old woman told officers her boyfriend’s 2016 Nissan Altima had been left running outside a laundromat and was stolen. She said the vehicle’s GPS tracking showed the car was in the 800 block of Ninth Street SW.

The police department said officers went to the alley behind a house in the 800 block on Ninth Street SW. They found Rodney Dwayne Williams, 24, tinkering under the hood.

Police said Williams acknowledged the vehicle wasn’t his, claiming he “was putting a new fuse” in for someone else.” He then took off running, police said, and was apprehended in an alley in the 800 block of 10th Street SW.

Williams faces charges of first-degree theft for the car and third-degree theft throwing the woman’s cellphone and wallet out the vehicle’s window, police said.

He also faces a charge of interference with official acts, according to the criminal complaint.

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