Written by Eric Page, Assistant News Director - email
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
A Cedar Rapids man who authorities say failed to return from work release in January has been arrested in Indiana.
Officials in Allen County, Indiana confirm to KWWL that 19-year-old Maurice Harden is in custody.
Harden was on probation following the 2009 robbery that lead to the serious injury of Officer Tim Davis. Harden is not the person that assaulted Officer Davis, but he was involved in the robbery that Officer Davis and his partner responded to.
A reward has been offered in the search for 19-year-old Maurice Harden, who was involved in an incident that lead to the serious injury of a Cedar Rapids police officer nearly five years ago.
Linn County Crime Stoppers says a citizen has provided the $250 donation to encourage someone to come forward with information about Harden's whereabouts.
Harden was released from the Larry A. Nelson Center on Jan. 14 for a three-hour furlough, but has yet to return.
Harden, who is considered an escapee, is described as a black male, 5-foot-7-inches tall, and weighing 150 pounds. He has two outstanding warrants for first-degree robbery and escape or absence from custody.
He is currently on probation for first-degree robbery and interference with official acts causing serious injury for the Mar. 29, 2009 incident that lead to the serious injury of Officer Tim Davis.
Davis and his partner responded to a robbery call late that March night. They found three teens matching the descriptions of the suspects -- Harden, Jose Rockiett and Robert Watkins.
Harden and Watkins ran from the officers and were chased by Davis' partner. Rockiett hit Davis with the butt of a gun, knocking him unconscious.
Davis spent months enduring surgeries and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries. He has since returned to the street as a patrol officer.
If you have information on Harden's whereabouts, call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time.
If the information that you give leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for the reward. All calls are anonymous.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
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