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Cedar Rapids man charged with holding family hostage


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A Cedar Rapids man is charged with holding his family hostage Tuesday morning.

Police say they were called to a domestic disturbance at 5001 1st Avenue SW at around 8:12 Tuesday morning after a neighbor called saying that Myesha Watkins, 24, had been assaulted by Kevin Herring, Jr., 24.  Herring is the father of Watkins' kids.

Officers arrived, but no one would answer the door. The neighbor then came over and was let in by Watkins. Police found Herring inside, holding one of his two daughters.

After further investigation, officers determined that Watkins had been assaulted and injured by Herring and he refused to let her leave the home.

Once officers began to arrest Herring, they say he became combative, assaulting four officers with all four receiving injuries.

Lt. Walt Deeds, a 20 year veteran, received a cut to his right cheek, just below his eye and a cut to his right hand.

Officer Robert Murphy, a 33 year veteran, received an injury to his right thumb.

Officer Norma Hanse, a 32 year veteran, received a bruise to her right hip.

Officer Amanda Greider, a 1 year officer, received an injury to her leg.

Officers used a Tazer to subdue Herring.  He was not injured, but was taken to Mercy Medical Center which is standard procedure after someone has been hit with a Tazer.   He was then taken to the Linn County Jail. 

Herring is charged with False Imprisonment, four counts of Assault with Injury on a Peace Officer, Assault Domestic Abuse with Injury, and three counts of Violation of a No Contact Order.

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