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Arrest Made in Waterloo Hospital Assault
By Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier Reporter
WATERLOO | A Waterloo man who was kicked and beaten in a shopping mall in March has been arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance at the hospital following a shooting that same day.
Waterloo police arrested Keith Devon Hayes Jr., 20, of 943 Conger St., on Sunday for disorderly conduct for the incident at the hospital. He was also arrested for possession of marijuana and other charges. His bond was set at $26,000.
According to police, Hayes was attacked near the carousel at Crossroads Center and left unconscious around 7 p.m. March 12. Paramedics took him to Allen Hospital.
While he was at Allen, Hayes asked a nurse to retrieve a cellphone from his pants pocket. The nurse found a plastic bag of marijuana in the pocket, court records state.
About two hours later, at 9:05 p.m., Tondrell Gary, 18, was shot once in the shoulder while he was sitting in a parked vehicle on Florence Street. Gary was also taken to Allen Hospital.
Police reports state an argument broke out in the hospital between friends of both of Gary and Hayes within minutes of Gary arriving at Allen.
Court records allege that Hayes entered the hospital lobby with a female friend. The woman made a disparaging comment about another man in the lobby, identified as Shavondes Martin. Martin allegedly went to fight the woman, and Hayes then allegedly started to threaten Martin.
Bystanders in the lobby started to hide as Hayes' friends held him back, and police intervened and had Hayes and his friends leave the hospital, court records state.
Officers decided to pursue charges and obtained an arrest warrant after identifying people on a surveillance video of the disturbance.
On Sunday, police saw Hayes in the 700 block of Logan Avenue and arrested him on the warrant. When they detained him, they found brass knuckles in his pants pocket, and he allegedly dropped pre-packaged bags of marijuana in the back seat of the squad car.
Police arrested him for carrying weapons, interference and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
No arrests have been made in the shooting or the mall assault.