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Update: Teen charged with recent assaults and thefts

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A 15-year-old Iowa boy is accused of assault and robbery.

Waterloo police are investigating whether he's tied to recent bike trail attacks too.

The boy's name has not been released, but police say he's been charged with second-degree robbery after a person said he attacked them near the downtown parking ramp in Waterloo Sunday.

A lot of the reported thefts and attacked happened in the Waterloo area in broad daylight, and it's really catching people off guard.

However, after they slipped up on camera, Waterloo police think they now have one of the suspects.

Surveillance video shows a teenager snatching a bike off someone's porch and riding away.

According to the homeowner, she was inside at the time, and the bike wasn't even on the porch for 30 minutes before it was stolen.

Despite the theft, this video gives Waterloo police the evidence they needed to arrest the 15-year-old boy.

The teenager isn't only one charged with taking that bicycle off someone's porch, but Waterloo police are investigating whether he's connected to a string of trail attacks in the area.

When he was arrested earlier this week, Waterloo police charged him with assaulting a person outside the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

It's something the director says they've never had a problem with, since he's worked there.

"I've been here, working here for more than 22 years, and I don't recall anything of this nature taking place. We are very pleased to have a very healthy and dynamic and safe downtown area," Kent Shankle said.

Aside from the Art Center parking lot attack, the teenager is also accused of assaulting someone and taking their phone in the downtown area.

"It's great to know that we have an active police force that stays on top of these things and does follow up and makes sure that our community does stay safe," Shankle said.

Obviously, the teenager isn't the only person involved in the recent thefts and attacks, and Waterloo police say they're working to find more people involved.

Authorities say more charges will likely be filed, as more information becomes available.

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