CRIME

4 charged with beating grocery store manager

2013-01-09T18:00:00Z 2013-01-10T04:50:00Z 4 charged with beating grocery store managerThomas Geyer The Quad-City Times
January 09, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Four men, three from Clinton and one from Davenport, are facing assault charges after police say they beat a Bettendorf grocery store manager Tuesday.

Tiron Jabari Gwynn, 24, of 1215 Arlington Ave., Apt. 3, Davenport, and Clinton residents Demonta Weslee Francis, 18; Saul DeVaughn Jackson, 21, and Corwin Jacobs Williams, 18, each are charged with one count of assault causing injury.

The charge is a serious misdemeanor under Iowa law that carries a sentence of up to one year in the county jail.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Bettendorf Police officer Shawn Claussen,the incident occurred at 12:55 p.m. when the victim, a manager at the Hy-Vee grocery store at 2900 Devils Glen Road, told the men to leave the store’s property after they became involved in an argument in the parking lot and were getting ready to fight.

The men then assaulted the manager, punching and kicking him and knocking him to the ground. The beating caused a laceration to the victim’s right cheek, a laceration on the left side of his scalp, and a laceration behind his left ear, according to Claussen’s report.

The men fled the scene in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. They were located later by Davenport police after they were involved in an altercation outside of 1704 Davenport Ave.

Gwynn, Francis and Jackson bonded out of the Scott County Jail. Williams remained in jail on $100 cash bond Tuesday night.

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