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Additional Suspect Arrested in Reginald Ward Homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department has made an additional arrest in the Reginald Ward homicide incident that occurred on October 30, 2019.  Dawn Louise Benavidez, DOB/05-03-1972, age 47, of Davenport, was arrested for the crime of Accessory After the Fact.  The suspect was arrested at her residence in Davenport yesterday.

According to a complaint filed by the Linn County Attorney’s Office, Benavidez is accused, on or about October 30, 2019, of helping and aiding Todd Jenkins from being apprehended after knowing that he had shot and killed another individual in Cedar Rapids.   The defendant and another individual went to Muscatine, Iowa, to help the defendant drive back to Davenport Iowa, and help conceal his whereabouts from police.

Accessory After the Fact is a violation of Iowa Code Section 703.3. 

There is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are likely.

Previous Media Release (March 27, 2020):

Law enforcement has arrested a suspect in the Reginald Ward homicide incident that occurred on October 30, 2019. 

Through an ongoing investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a suspect was developed in this case and was identified as Todd Ricky Jenkins, DOB/06-28-1995, age 24.  Jenkins last known address was in the Quad Cities area.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service to assist in locating the homicide suspect.  On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the United States Marshals Service-Great Lakes Regional Task Force arrested the homicide suspect in a hotel in Aurora, Illinois.  Jenkins attempted to flee out a second-story window of the hotel, but was quickly taken into custody without further incident.  The suspect was in custody at 7:40 p.m. and was transported to the Kane County Jail, and then subsequently transferred to the Kendall County Jail for charges in that jurisdiction. 

Cedar Rapids police officers responded to the report of shots fired at the Kum & Go, 3132 1st Avenue NE, at 7:52 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  When officers arrived on scene, a male victim who had sustained a serious gunshot wound was located.

Officers administered emergency medical care on scene.  Firefighters and ambulance personnel arrived shortly thereafter and the victim was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.  The victim was identified as Reginald L. Ward, Jr., DOB/04-03-1992, age 27, of Moline, Illinois.  At 4:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, the Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office notified the Police Department that the victim had died.

The Police Department investigation determined that this was a targeted incident.  No additional information is available at this time.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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