Police detain Sahjit Phillips, seated, following a shooting at West Fourth Street and Western Avenue on Tuesday.

Waterloo man sentenced to prison for gun theft

WATERLOO – Four people have been arrested in connection with a Tuesday morning shooting that injured a Cedar Rapids man.

Neighbors reported gunfire in the area of West Fourth Street and Western Avenue at about 10:07 a.m. Tuesday and found 20-year-old Jeremiah Taylor with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. He was taken to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital for treatment and was listed in stable condition on Wednesday morning.

Arrested are:

  • Sahjit Mcyle Phillips, 18, of Waterloo.; intimidation with a dangerous weapon, carrying weapons and willful injury.
  • William McNealy, 16, of Waterloo; intimidation with a dangerous weapon.
  • Kutarius Northern, 21, of Marion; third-degree theft/possession of a stolen firearm, carrying weapons.
  • Ka’Leck Travonnious Bolden, 18, of Cedar Rapids; carrying weapons.

Authorities said McNealy, who is charged as an adult, drove a silver Chevrolet Impala to the 400 block of Western and pulled into a driveway. Phillips exited the Silver Impala, said something to a group of people walking on the side walk, pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at Taylor and fired off a number of shots, court records state.

Phillips then climbed back into a vehicle, which drove to the area of Locust and West Third streets where he was seen knocking on the door of a residence, court records state.

Police detained Phillips and found a semi-automatic pistol in a nearby mailbox.

McNealy was found walking in the area of West Third and Baltimore streets.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s friends were starting to enter a brown Impala when witnesses alerted police that Bolden, who was with Taylor’s group, was seen holding a gun. Officers searched the brown Impala and found a 9mm Ruger pistol in Northern’s purse, records state. The Ruger had been reported stolen in Davenport, police said.

Phillips is currently awaiting trial for federal firearm charges. He allegedly took a .45-caliber Kahr pistol from Levi Brothers Jewelry and Loan on East Fourth Street in October and was arrested a few blocks away.

A grand jury returned an indictment against him in January, and a magistrate order he be released pending trial following a Jan. 17 detention hearing.

Court records show that Bolden was also arrested recently in Waterloo. In February, he allegedly swiped an idling vehicle from a Broadway Street convenience store. A brief chase ensued, followed by a crash, and police found a BB gun during their investigation.


Police and Courts Reporter

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