Cedar Rapids man will serve 25 years in prison for assault, shooting at police

Christopher Forbes agreed to a plea deal

By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges including breaking into a transitional housing unit, assaulting a woman and firing a gun at police officers in 2013.

Christopher Forbes, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon, attempt to elude assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons. He originally was charged with attempted murder but that charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill also sentenced Forbes Thursday to 25 years in prison. The charges were run concurrently with the burglary charge, which carries a 25 year sentence.

Forbes admitted in court to breaking into the Inn Circle Family Resource Center, a transitional housing center for families with children and expectant mothers, and to assaulting a woman, causing injuries.

According to a police report, Forbes left in his car after the assault and police attempted to stop him but he led them on a short chase, reaching speeds 25 mph or more over the speed limit, until he crashed into an unoccupied car.

Forbes admitted in the hearing to firing a gun at officers as he got out of his car and ran from them.

According to a police report, the officers were not injured in the shooting and Forbes was found and arrested a short time later.

Thornhill also ordered Forbes to pay more than $2,000 in victim restitution.

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