Arrest Made in Cedar Rapids Stabbing

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Police have arrested the Cedar Rapids man who they say stabbed a 72-year-old man multiple times this weekend.

Frederick Rottmiller was suffering from a multitude of potentially life-threatening stab wounds for as many as six hours before he was found by a passerby, police said Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids police were called to the intersection of Park Court and Second Avenue SE at 3:49 a.m. Sunday to investigate an assault after a passerby found Rottmiller suffering from several stab wounds. On Tuesday, Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Rottmiller had been there – apparently unable to call for help – for several hours.

“It happened somewhere between 9:30 at night and 1 in the morning,” Hamblin said. “We don’t know the exact time that it occurred.”

Rottmiller was taken to the hospital for treatment and police are not releasing his condition at this time.

Following an investigation of the assault, police have arrested 51-year-old Theodore Gathercole II and charged him with attempted murder, first-degree robbery and willful injury. Police said Gathercole stabbed Rottmiller several times, causing serious injury.

Hamblin said a “variety of different things” led investigators to Gathercole, though she didn’t provide any specific information.

“It was from evidence that they had found and information they had gathered, as well,” she said. “They were able to speak to the victim. They were able to get information and evidence to make the arrest.”

Gathercole has previous convictions in Iowa for theft, forgery and driving with a suspended license.
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