Easter Morning Begins With Axe Chase At Iowa Casino

Written By Russ Mitchell on April 6, 2021
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A Quad Cities man faces a series of charges after police think he may have wanted to cut more than the deck at an Iowa casino.

Scott County District Court officials scheduled an 11 a.m. arraignment Thursday, April 29, for 43-year-old Jeromy Lee Anderson of East Moline, IL.

Davenport police responded at 8:02 a.m. Easter Sunday to the Rhythm City Casino Resort for “a disturbance involving a male subject chasing a female subject with an axe.”

Witnesses see axe in parking lot, casino

“Multiple uninvolved people as well as surveillance cameras,” witnessed the altercation, according to an affidavit from officer Robert Welch.

Welch believes Anderson “retrieved an axe from a vehicle and chased her while brandishing the axe overhead in a threatening manner.”  In his criminal complaint, Welch told the court events unfolded in the Rhythm City parking lot as well as inside the casino:

“The defendant was still armed with the axe and aggressively yelling at the victim in the parking lot when officers arrived. The defendant’s behavior, yelling and violent actions in a public setting gave alarm to other citizens.”

Anderson also had a knife with a blade length measuring 5.25 inches, according to the criminal complaint. Welch said Anderson had the weapon in a sheath on his belt.

Court documents list four charges

Police filed criminal complaints two hours later. Anderson is accused of:

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Scott County – Clerk of District Court
  • Going armed with intent to do harm, a Class D felony.
  • First offense domestic abuse assault while displaying or using a weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.
  • Going armed with a knife blade of over 5 inches, a serious misdemeanor.
  • Disorderly conduct involving fighting or violent behavior, a serious misdemeanor.

Authorities issued a protective order on behalf of Anderson’s spouse. Anderson described himself as self-employed in his application for a court-appointed attorney. Assistant State Public Defender Anthony Almquist, of Davenport, will represent Anderson.

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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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