Maurice Harden arrested in Indiana on escape charge, extradition hearing set

Trish Mehaffey
Published: March 18 2014 | 3:47 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:49 am in

Maurice Harden, involved in a robbery that led to a Cedar Rapids police officer being seriously injured, was arrested Monday in Fort Wayne, Ind., after escaping from the Hinzman Center in January.

Harden, 19, of Cedar Rapids, made his initial appearance Tuesday and an extradition hearing was set April 1, to return him to Linn County to face an escape charge and the possibility of his probation being revoked, according to Allen County Superior Court records. Harden is being held without bond.

This will be his fourth probation revocation filed by Linn County Jerry Vander Sanden and 6th Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill told him at his last hearing in October he would extend his probation another year and allow him to get drug treatment and gain employment while being placed at the work release facility. Harden signed out on a three hour pass to look for employment Jan. 11, and never returned.

Vander Sanden said Tuesday he didn't know the details of his arrest, only that he will be extradited to Linn County after the April 1, hearing. Even if Harden fights it, which is his right, a warrant will be issued and he will be returned.

Harden is on probation for first-degree robbery and interference with official acts causing serious injury in the March 29, 2009 robbery of David Scanlon and Austin Switalski, both of Cedar Rapids. During that robbery, Officer Tim Davis responded to the call and attempted to stop Jose Rockiett, 18, of Cedar Rapids, who was with Harden.

Harden ran away before the assault happened but Rockiett struck Davis in the head with a BB-gun and he suffered a fractured skull and severe brain swelling after falling and hitting his head on the street, according to court records.

Harden received a deferred sentence on the 25-year prison term because he was a juvenile at the time and then he received probation last year after he turned 18.

Harden's violations during his probation included missed curfews, testing positive for drugs and then he escaped work release in January.

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