WATERLOO – A Waterloo teen on probation for a firearm charge allegedly threw another gun in the river and ran from officers Tuesday night.
Demond Deon Rollins, 17, was detained at his home at 209 Thompson Ave. and arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, interference while armed and carrying weapons. He was charged as an adult and is being held without bond on a probation violation.
According to police, Rollins was walking on the Mullan Avenue bridge around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when an officer attempted to approach him because he was a suspect in a recent shooting, court records state.
Police allege Rollins tossed a semi-automatic handgun into the Cedar River below and started running but was caught a short time later.
Rollins is currently on probation in connection with a Sept. 2, 2016, incident on Elm Street where he allegedly tried to throw a handgun onto a roof, according to court records. At the time, Waterloo police were trying to detain one of his acquaintances, Doncorrion Spates, for murder in the July 2016 slaying of Octavious Brown on Logan Avenue. Spates and Rollins ran from police, and Rollins threw a handgun at a garage roof, records state. The weapon hit the side of the roof and fell to the ground next to Rollins, records state.
Investigators determined the gun had been reported stolen from a Waterloo home.
In 2017, Rollins was sentenced on gun charges in the Elm Street incident and was granted deferred judgments, meaning the cases would come off his record if he completed probation, and he was sent to the State Training School in Eldora. He was released from the Eldora facility on Nov. 14, according to court records.