Police were arresting two teenage boys Thursday in connection with a vehicle theft when one of the boys ran from officers and was later subdued with a Taser, according to police reports.
Darion Bellamy, 16, and Gene Nelson, 17, both of Cedar Rapids, were arrested around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when police found them asleep in a stolen vehicle that was parked behind a laundromat at 2129 Wiley Blvd. SW. Both were brought to police headquarters.
Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Bellamy somehow got his handcuffs off while in the back seat of the squad car. As Bellamy was getting out of the officer’s car at the police station, he kept his hands behind his back, but then shoved the officer and took off running.
Police said Bellamy went west on Sixth Avenue SW and then cut back north in an alley. An officer apprehended him at the end of the alley by using a Taser, police said.
Hamblin said the chase happened during a shift change, so more officers were at the Police Station, and some assisted with the chase. Bellamy was taken to Mercy Medical Center to be evaluated, which is standard protocol when a Taser is used on someone.
Numerous burglaries have been reported in recent months that also involved stolen vehicles, so police are investigating to determine if Bellamy and Nelson are responsible for any other crimes. Police took 108 reports of stolen vehicles through July 10, which is up a few from last year. Hamblin said in about 25 percent of the cases, keys were left in the vehicle while the owner went into a business.
The car the boys were found in Thursday morning had been stolen in the past couple days from 6711 Dean Rd. SW, police said.
Both boys face charges of second-degree theft, fifth-degree theft and possession of stolen property. Bellamy, who police said had warrants for probation violations, faces additional charges of providing false information and interference with official acts.
Both boys were taken to the Linn County Detention Center.