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Woman reports robbery at gunpoint, sexual assault in Cedar Rapids parking lot


CEDAR RAPIDS — Police are investigating after a woman reported she was robbed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot in the 2700 block of Edgewood Road SW.

Officers were called about 9 p.m. Friday for reports of a robbery and sexual assault.

Police said a woman reported she was in a parked vehicle with a man who refused to let her leave the car. The woman was robbed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted, and the man fled on foot, she said.

The woman described her assailant as a black man wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers found a man in the area who matched the description and identified him as Jaquon G. Taylor, 19.

Buelow said Taylor admitted to investigators that he committed the robbery and said the firearm he used was a replica gun, and not a real one. Taylor also told investigators he had gone to a nearby house after the robbery, police said.

Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 3300 block of 29th Avenue SW, and found the replica gun and the woman’s purse and license.

Taylor is charged with first-degree robbery, false imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon.

Buelow said the investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

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