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Five arrests follow latest assault on Cedar Rapids officer

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids police officer was assaulted during the weekend... the 18th assault on a peace officer this year.

It ended with five arrests.

Cedar Rapids Police released the following information:

Officers were sent to 1318 K Ave NE at about 3:30 AM for a loud stereo. When officers arrived, they could hear several people talking in the residence and the music playing very loud. Officer Lucas Liddle/25, a 3 year veteran of the department and his partner, knocked several times on the door of the residence. Eventually, someone did come to the door but would not open the door and would only speak to officers through the door. Officers did leave but stayed in the area. A short time later, the residents of 1318 K Ave NE went to a nearby house and began pounding on that door and yelling at the neighbors. The occupant called the police. Officer Liddle and his partner returned to the area. Officer Liddle approached the subjects from behind and when they saw officers coming, they alerted one another to return to the residence at 1318 K Ave NE. Three subjects were running towards Officer Liddle, trying to get back to the residence. Officer Liddle identified himself and was in uniform. Officer Liddle was unable to stop all three and chose one to stop. The subject turned around and hit Officer Liddle in the face. This subject was later identified as Jacob Boots, 1-31-90 of 814 H Ave NW.  Officer Liddle and Boots were struggling and fell to the ground. Once on the ground, other individuals began kicking and hitting Officer Liddle on the head and back. Officer Liddle was able to call on his radio for assistance. The others attempted to pull Boots into the residence but eventually gave up when other officers arrived and returned to the residence without Boots. Boots was charged with Interference with Injury, Assault on a Peace Officer with Injury and Disorderly Conduct and taken to the Jones County Jail. Officers were able to gain entry into the residence where three others were arrested. James Young, 5-24-89 of 1010 19 St SE, Parker Andersen, 7-23-88 of 1033 Oakland Rd NE and Kenneth Reed, 12-21-88 of 1318 K Ave NE were all charged with Interference with Injury and Disorderly Conduct. All were taken to the Hinzman Center.

Once at the Hinzman Center, Parker Andersen became physically combative towards officers and Linn County Deputies. While attempting to escort Anderson to another building, he kicked at the glass door of the Larry Nelson Center and continued to struggle with Deputies. He was subdued through the used of an electronic control device. Anderson was transported to the Jones County Jail.

Officer Liddle was treated and released at St. Luke's Hospital. His injuries included a laceration to his nose and lip, numerous bumps and bruising to his face and head.        

This assault on Officer Liddle is the 18th assault this year on a peace officer. This is well above the assaults from last year.                

A fifth subject was found intoxicated at 1318 K Ave NE. Dallas Esparza, 11-7-90 of 2300 Upland Dr SE was found to be intoxicated and taken to the Hinzman Center as well.

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