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Maurice Harden Escapes Work Release
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A man connceted to a case involving an attack on a Cedar Rapids Police Officer has escaped from his work-release program. Maurice Harden was involved in a robbery back in 2009. Officer Tim Davis responded to that call and was seriously injured when he was assaulted by Jose Rockiett, who is serving a minimum of 15 years in prison for the attack.
Harden, who was a minor at the time of the robbery, was tranferred to juvenile detention where he completed high school and underwent rehabilitation. At a hearing in March 2012, Harden told a judge that he was sorry for what he did. Instead of handing Harden a 25-year prison sentence, the judge in the case ordered him to complete five years probation.
But prosecutors say during his probation, Harden has repeatedly violated the conditions. Now, months into his time in a work-release program at the Lary A. Nelson Center in Cedar Rapids, operators say he has not been seen since January 10th. He is now listed as an escapee.