Four Teens Face Felony Charges after Attempted Burglary

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cedar Rapids Police said they stopped a burglary in progress Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said at 1:15 a citizen reported what looked to be a burglary at 1920 Fifth Avenue Southeast. Police arrived two minutes later. They searched the home and found three suspects hiding in the basement. After another search, police found a fourth suspect hiding in an upstairs closet with a handgun.

Police took 16-year-old DQuon Morrow, 16-year-old Jamal Williams, 14-year-old Bruce Braggs, and 17-year-old Michael Valentine, all from Cedar Rapids, into custody.

The teenagers face second degree burglary charges, a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Cedar Rapids Police Capt. Jeff Hembera called it good police work all around.

"Dispatch did a great job of getting info to the officers. Officers were in the right place at the right time. Everything just fell together," said Capt. Hembera.

The four suspects were taken to Linn County Juvenile Detention. Officers said the case remains under investigation.
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