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Cedar Rapids police officer sent to hospital with head injuries

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A police officer is in the hospital, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department says it will not stop until they find who is responsible.

On Monday, 30-year old officer Tim Davis was flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for head surgery. Around midnight Sunday night, Davis and his partner responded to an armed robbery on 1st Avenue NE.

According to Cedar Rapids police, after the officers showed their badges, two men took off running. Davis' partner followed them, but when she returned, Davis was on the ground.

As of Monday evening, one of the three suspects had been caught.

14-yearold Robert Watkins, III was charged with robbery and interference with official acts causing serious injury to an officer.

"He has head injuries, and so we're just trying to piece together exactly how those head injuries occurred," said Sergeant Cristy Hamblin.

Larry Hartwig lives close to where Officer Davis was found. His dog woke him up around midnight. But he didn't seem surprised, and told us this part of town sees plenty of crime. "The shootings, everything's going on around here," said Hartwig. "It seems like everything happens up that way; B, A Avenue."

Sgt. Hamblin says her department has been canvassing the area near the 1600 block of 1st Avenue, looking for witnesses who might have more information on what happened to Officer Davis. Ultimately, she hopes the person or people responsible will turn themselves in.

In a statement, Police Chief Greg Graham asked the public for any help they could offer. Hamblin echoed that, saying the suspect or suspects turn themselves in, the charges brought against them would be less severe. "If we know exactly what happened from their side of it, it can reduce any charges."

Hartwig wants police to step up their presence in this part of town, and Sgt. Hamblin says they're doing just that.

Officer Davis and his partner were patrolling the area on a federal grant called "Weed and Seed," which allows police departments to put extra focus into crime-affected neighborhoods.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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