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U.S. Marshals arrest four Cedar Rapids men following pursuit

Authorities recovered two illegal firearms during chase

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A U.S. Marshals-led task force arrested four Cedar Rapids men Wednesday following a vehicle chase in northeast Cedar Rapids.

Authorities had been tracking Jordan Holmes, 22, who was wanted on a parole violation for trafficking firearms, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, investigators located Holmes in a car going to a restaurant near 42nd Street NE and Center Point Road.

At about 4 p.m., as Holmes and the driver left the restaurant, officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver “refused officers’ commands” and drove away, sparking a chase that ended in the 6000 block of Rockwell Drive NE with Holmes and three other men attempting to flee on foot, according to the news release.

Investigators said Holmes, Derrick Diggins, 18, Denzel Wilson, 19, and Adrian Pledge-Wilkins, 19, were quickly apprehended.

All four men face charges of interference with official acts, and Diggins was also charged with unspecified traffic violations. Wilson and Holmes both had outstanding warrants, the release states.

They were transported to the Linn County Correctional Center.

Two firearms with “obliterated serial numbers” were found along the route of the pursuit, authorities said, and police are investigating.

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Holmes was arrested in December 2015 when he was 19, along with Johnny Brewer, 67, on suspicion of trafficking in stolen weapons.

According to the news release, investigators with the Cedar Rapids Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force last month to apprehend Holmes for his parole violation. Cedar Rapids Police officers and Linn County sheriff’s deputies assisted in Wednesday’s pursuit.

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