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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.


rcr 3 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.


Randall Barnes 3 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 ?????????


LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Thread-jacking? Guilty! Back to Kwik Shop ... the ownership is willing to risk the livesof their clerks to save money. That's it. Period. Everyone knows the risk involved in 24/7 shops, and there are really just two solutions: either close the shop at night or provide a security officer. Security too costy? Then close.


MyName 3 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.


Jeremy 3 years, 11 months ago

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


meggers 3 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.


Alexander Neighbors 3 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.


EarthaKitt 3 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 3 years, 11 months ago

hahahaha the posters have more info than the story .


Alexander Neighbors 3 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.


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