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Seven teens arrested in Crossroads Mall assault

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Rayshawn Putman Rayshawn Putman
Shavondes Martin Shavondes Martin
WATERLOO (KWWL) - Seven teens have been arrested in connection with an assault at Crossroads Mall in Waterloo in March.

Tondrell Gary, Jr., Rayshawn Putman, Shavondes Martin, all 18-years-old, as well as four minors, were all arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. All seven were also sent notices by Crossroads Mall management banning them from the mall for two years.

Police were called to Crossroads Mall on March 12 just after 7:00 p.m. after witnesses say several men had attacked another man, and kicked him in the head. That man has been identified as 20 year old Keith Devon Hayes. Hayes was taken to Allen Hospital for treatment of his injuries, where a fight later broke out in the emergency room. Hayes was then arrested in late March for disorderly conduct and drug charges.


WATERLOO (KWWL) - An assault in a Waterloo mall and a later shooting, followed by an emergency room fight, all appear to be connected, according to officials with the Waterloo Police Department.

Police believe it began when a man was found beaten and unconscious in the Crossroads Mall Wednesday night.

Officials with the Waterloo Police Department say they found Keith Hayes, 20, lying near the carousel in the middle of the mall around 7:11 p.m.

Police believe eight people assaulted Hayes and kicked him in the head.

Crossroads management say they're dedicated to keeping shoppers safe.

"To that end it employs a nationally-known security firm, to provide security services," they wrote in a statement to KWWL. "Additionally, Waterloo Police Department responds immediately to any potential security concerns. At each entrance to the mall is posted a copy of the Code of Conduct.  Violations of that Code are addressed with assertive action including bans from the mall for violators and arrest if appropriate."

Two hours later, at approximately 9:04 p.m., Waterloo Police say they were dispatched to an address on Cherry Street for a report of shots fired from a drive-by shooting they believe happened on nearby Florence Street.

When police arrived to investigate the shooting scene, they say they were called to Unity Point Allen Hospital where Tondrell Gray, 18, was in the Emergency Room after he was shot in his shoulder.

Police say a short time later, they were called to a possible fight at Unity Point Allen Hospital’s Emergency Room. Police believe the argument was between the two victim's friends.

Allen Hospital spokesperson Jim Waterbury declined to comment, saying he was too busy to speak to KWWL.

All three incidents are still under investigation.

Police believe they are connected.

"Obviously it could have been worse if somebody would have had a serious injury or death, but that didn't occur and it's good, and we'll just continue to work the investigation until we arrest someone," said Waterloo Police Captain Tim Pillack.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (319) 291-4340.

Shelley Russell contributed to this report.
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