Police arrest second suspect in hotel torture case

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids man is facing multiple felony charges after police say he robbed a man at gunpoint, before bounding him and torturing him.

Malik Muhammad is facing charges of kidnapping in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and false use of a credit card.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called to the Econolodge at 622 33rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids on February 8th, where they found Muhammad had collaborated with others to rob and torture the victim, who was staying in one of the rooms.

The criminal complaint goes on to say the victim described being robbed of his money, before being bound with a belt and duct tape and then gagged with a pillowcase. Then, Muhammad allegedly tortured the victim by pressing a hot iron against his skin, demanding the victim revealed the pin number to his debit card.

Police said Muhammad was later identified by fingerprints found on the duct tape used to bind the victim and was also captured by security video, using the stolen debit card at a nearby convenience store.

Muhammad is expected in the Linn County Court for an initial appearance regarding this case on March 15, at 8:30 a.m.

Malik Muhammad was also arrested on March 1st at the 300 block of 15th St. SE in Cedar Rapids after a traffic stop.

According to that criminal complaint police officers allegedly found Muhammad in possession of a stolen Ruger 9mm handgun and also provided a false name.

Muhammad is also facing felony charges in this case for trafficking a stolen weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and providing false identification.

Muhammad is expected in the Linn County Court for an initial appearance regarding this case on March 12.


UPDATE: As a result of the ongoing investigation, 20-year-old Kaylie June Ulferts has been identified as an additional suspect in this case.

Police said the investigation found that Ulferts was involved in allegedly tying up the victim. Police said she also allegedly held a handgun on the victim while attempting to rob him. Ulferts was charged with 1st-degree Kidnapping and 1st-degree Robbery.

This investigation remains active at this time.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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