The streets of Davenport were filled with chaos early Thursday morning as a police officer was brutally attacked in the 2800 block of Diehn Avenue.

2800 block of Diehn Avenue
2800 block of Diehn Avenue

The Suspect

The officer was attempting to take into custody 45-year-old Samuel E. Cheatheam, who had just fled a traffic stop at the local HyVee store and was believed to be “casing other vehicles in the area”.

Samuel E. Cheatheam - Scott County Jail
Samuel E. Cheatheam - Scott County Jail

The Traffic Stop

Police were looking for Cheatheam because he’d fled a traffic stop at about 1:18 a.m. at the HyVee at 3019 Rockingham Road, court records state.

Police attempted the stop on a 2001 white Ford Mustang that was illegally parked in a handicapped zone in the store parking lot and was suspected of casing other vehicles in the area.

When officers located Cheatheam near Diehn Ave, he brandished a knife with a blade more than 5 inches long and proceeded to stab the officer in the nose during a struggle.

Traditional Chef's Knife - Isolated on a White Background
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The severity of the attack left the officer requiring five stitches to close the facial injury, with a risk of permanent disfigurement.

Fortunately, officers were able to take Cheatheam into custody Thursday night and set a $41,600 bond.

The Charges

Scott County authorities have charged Cheatheam with willful injury causing serious injury, two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations, three counts of interference with official acts, use of a dangerous weapon in the commission of a crime, eluding and driving while barred, court records state.

His court dates were not yet available.

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