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City officials say public is safe following home invasions, assaults

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- City officials called a news conference Thursday morning to respond to a series of home invasions and assaults that happened overnight.

Break-ins were reported on Rhey Street, Dearborn Avenue and Hope Street and one woman is in the hospital with a gunshot wound as a result of one of those home invasions. In addition to the break-ins, two assaults were reported, all in the span of 12 hours.

Police made arrests in the assault cases but are still looking for suspects in the three home invasions, which they believe to be related.

Police are currently doing interviews and waiting to talk to the woman who was shot, Deshai Whitis.

In a news conference Thursday morning, Mayor Tim Hurley and Police Chief Tom Jennings said the public is not in danger and they are taking a strong stance on these most recent crimes.

"I, the police chief, any member of the city council, any citizen of our city should all have the same feeling. We do not accept and will not tolerate these kinds of activities and we are acting accordingly," Mayor Hurley said.

Police may release descriptions of the suspects later this afternoon, but are also asking for anyone with information to come forward.

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