Police: Fight Over Boy, "Twitter War," Precipitated Saturday Brawl

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

A Cedar Rapids Police cruiser drives on 1st Street SW toward the police station on the afternoon of Wedneday, September 26, 2007.


By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - What started as a fight over a boy on Thursday turned into a full scale brawl on Saturday, police said.

Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said the dispute began on Thursday when Akilah Jackson, 18; Ciara Cavin, 22; Dionne Morrison, 18; Chamara Chambers, 18; and a 16-year-old were arrested for fighting. Hamblin said the fight was “over a boy.”

Hamblin said the women engaged in a “Twitter war” with each other after the arrest.

The war of tweets boiled over on Saturday, police said. Shortly after 5 p.m., police were called to the 2000 block of Wiley Blvd. SW for a disturbance. There, they spoke with Chambers, who reported that someone had broken the windshield of her car. Police said Chambers wanted to file a report, but did not want to give officers any information about herself or who she thought broke the window.

Police said some of Chambers’ family members arrived, including 33-year-old Frederick Quillin. Quillin allegedly criticized the officers for not doing their jobs and told the officers they would “get the girls responsible for this,” Hamblin said.

A short time later, two vehicles pulled up to 232 20th St. NW. Police said several people – including Quillin – got out and started throwing rocks and bricks. Quillin threw a brick through the front window of the residence before entering the home and assaulting Dawntiara Walker, police said.

Quillin was reported to have had a gun, police said.

When officers arrived on the scene, Quillin and Walker were in front of the residence and Walker was holding a knife. Walker was ordered to drop the blade and when she refused, police deployed a Taser. She was taken to the hospital, per department policy when a Taser is used on an individual.

Police took Quillin into custody as he was attempting to flee the scene.

Several other people were taken into custody for interference with official acts or disorderly conduct.

Frederick Quillin faces the most serious charge – first-degree burglary – for breaking into the residence and assaulting Walker.
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