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Kwik Shop to review security policies after Iowa store clerk is kidnapped

May 18, 2010


— A Kansas-based convenience store chain says it will review its security policies in the aftermath of a kidnapping of a Cedar Rapids clerk.

Police rescued the clerk, Amanda Daniel, and captured the suspect, Keith Elson, Jr., at Elson's apartment on Monday, about seven hours after the kidnapping at the Kwik Shop.

Kwik Shop president Jeff Parker says the Hutchinson, Kan.-based chain is looking at its security policies to determine if changes are needed.

Surveillance video shows a man with a knife leading Daniel out of the store.

Parker says because of the cameras, police quickly determined what happened and started searching for the clerk and her kidnapper.

Kwik Shop is one of five convenience store chains owned by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.


Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

Cedar Rapids police have released more details on the kidnapping and recovery of a Cedar Rapids convenience store clerk.

Department spokesperson, Cristy Hamblin, says a delivery man notified police around 4:20 this morning that there was no-one in the Kwik Shop on the southwest side of the city. Hamblin says video footage from the store showed the clerk, Amanda Daniel, had been forced to leave by a man.

Officers then found a key clue outside the store. Hamblin says they found a bicycle at the store and people at other businesses told them that the bike belonged to Keith Van Elson Junior. She says they’re pleased that people were able to identify the bicycle and point them in the right direction.

Officers went to the four-plex where Van Elson lives and found another clue. She says officers got there and went to his apartment and found blood on the door. Officers knocked on the door and heard a female inside yelling for help.

Hamblin says officers entered the apartment and found Van Elson in the living room with a stab wound to his chest. They also found Amanda Daniel barricaded in the bathroom of the apartment. Hamblin says Van Elson did have a knife that was used to force Daniel from the store, but she does not know if it’s the same knife used to stab him. While it appears there was a struggle between Daniel and Van Elson, Hamblin says they are still waiting to piece everything together as Daniel was very traumatized by the whole thing.

“With any victim of crime, we never like to push them real hard, because they’ve already experienced something traumatic enough and to have to re-tell is it really asking them to relive the whole thing,” Hamblin says. She says the try to be sensitive to the victim and not force them to tell the story right away, while still getting the information in a timely matter.

Hamblin says both Daniel and Van Elson remain in the hospital. Hamblin says Daniel has some serious injuries, including cuts to her hand and bruises. Van Elson has the stab wound to his chest, but she says it does not appear to be life threatening. Hamblin says officers are watching over Van Elson in the hospital, and he has not been charged at this time. Hamblin says a city ordinance also helped them solve this crime.

Hamblin says the city put an ordinance in about 15 years ago that if a business is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., then they have to have two people working, or video surveillance. She says this is a another example of why that ordinance is important. Hamblin says the alert delivery man and the neighboring business people who helped out were also important in solving the kidnapping quickly — or she says the outcome may’ve been different for the victim.

Shane Rogers 7 years, 11 months ago

Sadly, I would not be surprised if Amanda Daniel wasn't sued or charged for stabbing her kidnapper in the chest....

Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

hahahaha the posters have more info than the story .

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Somebody was gonna go there. Thanks for taking one for the team, TOB.

EarthaKitt 7 years, 11 months ago

Holy crap. I was seriously confused by this headline. I thought it happened at a store ON Iowa. My bad. I wondered why coverage had been so lacking! : )

Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

speaking of the Yellow house, its been 365 days and Guy Neighbors is Still in prison with no trial date. So he has been in prison for the last year awaiting trial..........(with no trial date Set).........This sounds like something you would only hear about in a third world country.

meggers 7 years, 11 months ago


I believe I recall reading (probably something you posted) that Guy Neighbors was found incompetent to stand trial. Pardon me for being blunt, but I believe they need to make him sane again before they set a trial date. As for the prison you say he's in, I suspect he's at Larned, which is as much a psychiatric hospital as a prison. Still sounds a sad situation, though. I hope he recovers and is able to get his case resolved soon.

somebodynew 7 years, 11 months ago


No you are a little confused. Larned is the State facility. Guy is facing Federal charges so he would be in a Federal facility (probably either Springfield or in Texas).

Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

He was found competent after the first time the prosecutor claimed he was not competent to stand trial and was reviewed by a doctor. That was back in 2008. The prosecutor last year was faced with having to go to trial so she claimed once again that he was incompetent to stand trial even though he had already had an evaluation and was deemed competent .

[ ] here is the order it is in the last paragraph: motion to authorization of the expenses related to examination (doc. 125) by the nominated psychologist, Marilyn Hutchinson, are granted. Defense counsel shall submit proposed orders to chambers today with respect to granting the motion for mental health evaluation and the payment of the expenses concerning same.

After the Neighbors Met with Hutchinson she deemed them competent to stand trial. then the trial date was set for Oct. 2009 Then before the trial was to happen the prosecutor claimed for a second time that they were not competent to stand trial.

You should probably ask your self WHEN in the history of the Federal court has a "FEDERAL prosecutor" claimed the Defendant was not competent to stand trial ?....... NEVER........

the prosecutor doesn't care if your competent or not they want a conviction. The only person that claims your incompetent is your defense attorney because they think that would be a good defense for you.

BlackVelvet 7 years, 11 months ago

and here I thought the Judge was the one to declare a defendant incompetent to stand trial.

Jeremy Lichtenauer 7 years, 11 months ago

WOW, that's 1095 free meals in 365 days. Look at all the money he's saving!!

Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

The Speedy Trial Clause guarantees that you must be tried quickly if you are charged with a crime. Why is this so important that the Founding Fathers would add it to the Bill of Rights?

Well, if you weren't guaranteed a speedy trial, you could sit in jail for months or years without being tried! That was a frequent occurrence in English history. The Founding Fathers wanted to protect themselves and you from this in the new government they were creating. The 6th Amendment's Speedy Trial Clause reads like this:

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy... trial."

Alexander Neighbors 7 years, 11 months ago

Marietta Parker and Terra Morehead And Lanny Welch have severely Violated the rights of Guy Neighbors. By keeping him in prison for over a year with out giving him a trial and due processes.

The scariest part is what is keeping them from doing this to you ?

MyName 7 years, 11 months ago

I know kidnapping is a crime, but I wonder if thread-jacking is a crime too. If so, I think the evidence is strong enough to convict.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 11 months ago

taco johns on 6th st robbed at gunpoint 30 minutes ago locked employee in cooler. why hasn't this made the news yet ?????????

Randall Barnes 7 years, 11 months ago

a hispanic male at that guess he was hungry for tacos.looking for him now in the woods around 8th and michigan.

rcr 7 years, 11 months ago

Kwik shop is just inventing criminals into their establishments by posting those No Guns Allowed signs by the front door of every store. The bad guy knows he/she has nothing to worry about, because there is going to be no one inside that could possibly confront him/her.

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