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Cedar Rapids man accused of torture in February robbery facing new charge in separate but similar case

A Cedar Rapids man, who was accused in February of torturing and robbing a 57-year-old man at a local motel, is facing another count of robbery for a separate but similar incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Malik J. Muhammad, 21, faces a charge of first-degree robbery.

Police said the charge stems from an incident that occurred on February 1, before Muhammad was arrested in the torture case.

According to the complaint, the victim had arranged to meet a woman on February 1 at the Budget Inn at 3100 16th Avenue SW.

When the victim entered the motel room, Police said a male accomplice assaulted the victim and Muhammad robbed the victim of his cash and cellphone.

The complaint states a firearm was used during the robbery to “pistol whip the victim, causing bodily injuries.”

Muhammed already faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and false use of credit cards/ATM cards in connection with the torture case. Those charges were filed in March, court records show.

He is also accused of first-degree robbery after police used fingerprint evidence to tie him to a robbery in which the store clerk was held at knifepoint while the register was emptied. Police said that robbery occurred in 2018.

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