A Davenport teen who served only four years of a 25-year sentence before being placed on work release from which he escaped was caught by police early Sunday during a shooting incident in the 200 block of Harrison Street.
It was the first of four confirmed shots-fired incidents in Davenport in about a 13-hour period, with several other shots-fired reports during that time period still being investigated.
In the first incident, Davenport police arrested Iowa Department of Corrections escapee Cazmiere DeShawn Graves, 22, as he chased another person down the street while firing a Sarsilmaz CM9 handgun.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Officer Dustin Garner, Graves was inside Shenanigan’s Irish Pub at 12:32 a.m. when he pointed the gun, with its laser aiming light turned on, at the victim.
Graves then chased the victim down Harrison Street while firing the gun.
There were large groups of people on the sidewalk outside the bar as well as police officers in the Harrison Street parking ramp that were in the line of fire.
Officers converged on Graves and ordered him to drop the handgun but instead he tried to flee. Officers were able to capture Graves without having to fire their weapons.
No one was reported injured in the incident.
Graves is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
He also is charged with being a felon on possession of a firearm and interference with official acts using a firearm, both of which are Class D felonies that carry a prison sentence of up to five years.
Given the nature of the incident, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said he’s thankful to his officers for the way they handled it.
“He’s proven he’s a danger to our community,” Sikorski said Sunday afternoon.
“Our officers did a fabulous job of stopping him before something worse happened or somebody got hurt,” he said.
Federal authorities could take over the weapons charges against Graves under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice initiative instituted in 2001 to reduce gun violence.
It is a federal offense for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Using a firearm in commission of a crime of violence also carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Sikorski said that his department, the Scott County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office work well together in matters such as these.
Federal firearms convictions, such as those pending against Graves, carry longer prison sentences at the federal level than they do at the state level, Sikorski said.
There also is no parole at the federal level, he added.
“We will work with the county attorney and U.S. attorney to see which makes more sense to keep our community safe,” he said.
Graves has a long, and violent, criminal history as both a juvenile and adult, which includes his role in the May 7, 2011, shooting death of 19-year-old Michael Elijah Gabriel Williams in front of the Col Ballroom on West 4th Street in Davenport.
Graves was 15 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Williams. He entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
According to Scott County District Court electronic records, on Oct. 28, 2011, Graves was the committed to the custody and guardianship of the Iowa Department of Human Services and place at the Iowa State Training School for Boys in Eldora, Iowa.
In June of 2013, he was placed into the custody of his mother, Heidi Graves.
Graves did not stay out of trouble and the intimidation charge would come back to haunt him as the judge in that case postponed possible prison time until Graves turned 18.
On Aug. 27, 2013, he was arrested on charges of assault while participating in a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 25. Both of the charges are Class D felonies that carry a prison sentence of up to five years. Since he was 17 at the time, he was charged as an adult.
Then on Sept. 19, 2013, he led police on a vehicle chase and caused a crash. He was charged with felony eluding, a Class D felony. Again, he was charged as an adult since he did not turn 18 until Nov. 12.
In January of 2014, Graves was sentenced on all charges: 10 years for the intimidation with a weapon charge, 5 years for the assault while participating in a felony, five years for being a felon in possession of a fire arm, and five years for eluding. All of the sentences were to run consecutively to one another, or back-to-back.
However, there was no minimum time before he could be placed on work release.
Graves was being held Sunday in the Scott County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond for the new state charges. He also is being held without bond on an Iowa Department of Corrections hold.
Other shooting incidents
Davenport police were called to the area of West 2nd and North Howell streets at 4:18 a.m. Sunday on a shots fired call.
Officers located Michael Joseph Havig, 21, of 1915 W. 2nd St.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police officer Alan Poirier, Havig was intoxicated registering a blood alcohol level of .209 in a preliminary breath test.
Witnesses said that Havig went outside his house and fired his gun in two separate areas. Officers seized the weapon from Havig’s house.
Havig is charged with misdemeanor charges of carrying a dangerous weapon while intoxicated, public intoxication and reckless use of a firearm.
Havig was released from the Scott County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $1,000 bond through a bonding company.
No one was injured.
Then at 11:36 a.m. officers responded to a call of shots fired at 400 S. Ditmer St. where they located shell casings.
Officers then responded to the 1300 block of Brady Street for a call of shots fired where they also recovered shell casings.
No one was reported injured in those two incidents.
Anyone with information about any crime in Davenport is asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or provide an anonymous tip on the city’s mobile apps, “CityConnect Davenport, IA,” or “CrimeReports by Motorola.”