Public Safety

Second suspect arrested in last week's robbery, torture case

CEDAR RAPIDS — A second suspect has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery last month at a motel in which a 57-year-old man allegedly was tied up and tortured with a hot iron.

Cedar Rapids police said Kylie J. Ulferts, 20, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and false use of a credit card in the case. Her co-defendant, Malik Muhammad, 21, is accused of using an electric iron to burn the victim until he gave up his PIN number to his debit cards.

Court documents state the victim, who was not identified, went to the Econo Lodge, 633 33rd Ave. SW, on Feb. 7 to meet someone he had been communicating with through a website and text messages.

But when the victim entered the motel room, police said Muhammad pointed a gun at him and told him to lie down on a bed. The criminal complaints state the man was bound with a belt and duct tape and gagged with a pillow case.

Police said Muhammad then tortured the man by burning his leg, groin area and both hands with a hot iron while demanding the man’s PIN numbers. The man was robbed of the cash he was carrying, as well as his debit cards, according to court documents.

Muhammad was captured on security video using the man’s debit cards at a nearby convenience store, police said, and his fingerprints were found on the duct tape used to bind the man.

Muhammad was arrested last week and charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and false use of credit cards/ATM cards.

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Police said Ulferts admitted that she held a gun on the victim while Muhammad was using the man’s debit cards, and she told investigators her fingerprint likely also would be found on the duct tape used to bind the victim as she had adjusted the tape at some point.

Ulferts was arrested Monday, according to the inmate roster at the Linn County Jail, where she remains in custody.

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