Public Safety

Cedar Rapids police make multiple arrests in Saturday shots fired incidents and theft

More arrests 'likely,' according to police

Alexander Jessop
Alexander Jessop

CEDAR RAPIDS — With the help of store surveillance video, police have arrested two people in connection with three gunfire incidents and a theft, authorities announced Sunday.

All incidents occurred Saturday, but it was the last one — the theft of ammunition — that police said led them to identify the suspects.

Officers responded to three reports of gunshots Saturday — at 11:02 a.m. in the 700 block of Second Avenue SW; at 11:13 a.m. in both the 800 block of D Avenue NW and the 1500 block of 10th Street NW.

Police said they learned a silver Ford Fusion was involved in each incident; and they found shell casings from the same caliber of gun at each location.

No injuries were reported, but two houses were struck by gunfire, police said.

Police then responded at 11:45 a.m. to a report of a theft at Fleet Farm, 4650 Cross Pointe Blvd. NE. According to police, several men in masks stole ammunition from the store. Video surveillance helped police identify several of the suspects, and showed them driving the same type of car used in the shots fired incidents.

Police found the car at 2:42 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of the alley between Fifth and Sixth avenues SE and ran after multiple suspects.

They arrested a 16-year-old, whose name was not released. Police said he had a handgun.

With the help of a police dog, officers found another suspect hiding on a nearby porch. He had the stolen ammunition in his possessions, authorities said.

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Alexander Jessop, 18, faces charges of going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, reckless use of a firearm, fifth-degree theft and interference with official acts.

The 16-year-old faces charges of interference with official acts, carrying a concealed weapon, and fifth-degree theft.

Police said more arrests are “likely.”

The Ford Fusion police say was used in the crimes had been reported stolen at 1:30 a.m. Saturday from Leo’s Liquor at 1500 First Ave. NE.

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