Police chase leads to arrest of 3 – one a convicted felon – after reports of them driving around waving guns

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UPDATE: A suspect in a police chase Friday is a convicted felon who faces charges from other incidents within the past year.

Javon D. Combs, 19, of Davenport, is scheduled for a pretrial conference Jan. 29 in Scott County Court, and faces charges including first-degree motor-vehicle theft, second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief from an incident June 25 in Bettendorf.

In an affidavit, police say the victims were sleeping in their home when Combs entered the attached garage and stole their 2018 Volvo XC90 SUV, valued at $40,000. While backing the vehicle out of the garage, Combs struck the side of the house/garage and a second vehicle parked in the driveway behind the stolen vehicle, causing a combined $6,000 damage.

One of the victims had an app on his phone linked to the Volvo, and it showed the vehicle was started about 4:11 a.m. and turned off at 4:22 a.m. GPS tracking linked to the app provided a location in Davenport, where the vehicle was found unoccupied about 2 1/2 hours after the theft.

Police found fingerprints on the back side of the driver’s door handle on the interior, indicating prints were left by someone who had been in the driver’s seat. The fingerprints were those of Combs.

Before that, on May 26, Davenport police responded to the 1500 block of Washington Street in response to a report of someone displaying a gun.

Police said Combs committed interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, running from police who chased him and found him hiding on a porch of a nearby home.

Police recovered a loaded .380 caliber handgun in the pocket of a jacket in a yard of an adjacent residence. Officers later found video showing Combs wearing the jacket just minutes before his arrest.

Combs has at least one prior felony conviction – second-degree robbery – from 2019.

EARLIER: A chase on Friday

Combs and two juveniles were in custody after a police chase on Friday that ended in the 4300 block of Telegraph Road in Davenport.

Around 11:30 a.m., Davenport Police responded to the area of 1900 West 40th Street which 9-1-1 calls said a “gray sedan with subjects hanging out of the window pointed guns at people in other vehicles.”

Just before noon, officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of 12th and Ripley Streets. They tried to stop the vehicle but the suspects sped from the scene and the police pursued.

An attempt to stop the vehicle using a PIT maneuver near the intersection of Locust Street and Wisconsin Avenue was unsuccessful, damaging a squad car in the proccess. The suspect vehicle continued to run from the police.

The driver of the suspect vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control, rolling the vehicle in the 4300 block of Telegraph Road. The vehicle came to rest on its side against a tree.

Two subjects ran from the vehicle but were arrested after police pursued them on foot. A third subject was apprehended immediately near the vehicle.

Two guns were found in the car, one that was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in early December.

The driver, Javon D. Combs, 19, of Davenport, was taken to the Scott County Jail and charged with:

Javon D. Combs, 19
  • Interference with official acts
  • First degree theft
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Eluding
  • Driving under suspension
  • Reckless driving
  • Bettendorf Police warrant for first degree theft

A 14-year-old male juvenile passenger was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with:

  • Interference with official acts
  • First degree theft – juvenile charge

A 17-year-old male juvenile passenger was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with:

  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • First degree theft – juvenile charge

One of the juveniles was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

The car was reported stolen Friday morning in Davenport.

Detectives are following up on the investigation.

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