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Woman held at gunpoint, suspect leads police on chase in southwest Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of holding a woman against her will and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Joshua J. Bradshaw faces charges of false imprisonment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as traffic violations.

Officers were notified at about 9:25 a.m. that a 41-year-old woman was being held against her will at Inn Circle, a transitional housing service at 5560 Sixth St. SW, and that her captor had a gun, according to Cedar Rapids police.

While officers were en route, they were told the man and woman had gotten into a black Nissan Altima and were headed north from the Inn Circle on Sixth Street SW. Witnesses reported the woman was driving while the man held her at gunpoint.

At about the time officers arrived, the woman jumped out of the car near Sixth Street SW and Hawkeye Downs Road, and the suspect took off in the vehicle, heading east on Hawkeye Downs Road toward J Street SW.

Officers gave chase at approximately 9:30 a.m. Less than 10 minutes later, the suspect’s vehicle flipped and rolled into a tree near Haven Court and Wilson Avenue SW.

Bradshaw was taken into custody, and a handgun was recovered, police said.

Bradshaw was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then taken to the Linn County Jail, police said.

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