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March 16th, 2012
Taser Report du Jour

An Iowa City police officer reportedly used a taser on a Cedar Rapids man this morning after the man allegedly assaulted a woman and challenged the officer to a fight while armed with 10-pound dumbbells.

Police say they were called to an apartment complex at 182 Westwinds Drive in Iowa City this morning at 1:39 a.m. for the report of a man who was "out of control" and fighting. The officer on the scene wrote in the criminal complaint that he met up with a woman on scene who said she had been assaulted by a man -- Joshua Lee Wells, 19, of Cedar Rapids -- who was holding dumbbells.

According to the complaint, the officer went up to the second floor to find Wells. At this point, Wells, still armed with the dumbbells, allegedly squared toward the officer and began taunting the officer to fight. The officer, in response, drew a taser. At this point, another man there, Danny C. Leeper Jr., 23, who lives in the building, allegedly stepped in between the officer and Wells and began to "back up" Wells, the officer wrote.

At this point, police say Wells ran away down a flight of stairs outside. Once outside, Wells allegedly threw the dumbbells at a car in the parking lot, shattering the windshield. He then turned toward the officers approaching him and again challenged them to fight, yelling and taunting, wrote the officer in the complaint. At this point, an officer used a taser on Wells, subduing him.

For this, Wells is facing charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and interference with official acts, all misdemeanors. Leeper was also charged with interference with official acts.

The damage to the vehicle is estimated at $450, according to the criminal complaint.




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