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Police Arrest Man in Connection with Stolen Checks, Assaulting Officers

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WATERLOO, Iowa - Police have arrested a Waterloo man who struggled with officers when they attempted to arrest him for stolen checks on Tuesday.

Tallen Martin Sliekers, 22, was shocked with a Taser during the scuffle, and he was taken to Covenant Medical Center for observation.

Waterloo officers arrested Sliekers, of 1420 Wisconsin St., for assault on a peace officer, interference causing injury, forgery and fourth-degree possession of stolen property when he checked out of the hospital Thursday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Sliekers showed up at Regions Bank on Crossroads Boulevard attempted to cash a $350 check. The check had been stolen during a recent vehicle burglary, and when officers arrived to investigate, Sliekers said a friend wrote him the check and told him he could keep part of the money if he cashed it, court records state.

As police began to handcuff him, he struggled, slipped out of his sweatshirt and ran from the bank, said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.

Sliekers ran across the parking lot and entered J.C. Penney department store. Officers found him in an employees-only storage area, and authorities said he continued to fight, pushing one officer and punching another officer in the face, breaking his glasses, according to court records. One of the officers then used a Taser to detain him, court records state.

Bond for Sliekers was set at $14,300.

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