2 Arrested in Connection with Early Morning Shootings in Burlington

More violent crime in Burlington early this morning, but police arrested two Florida men in connection with all four incidents.

26-year old Donald Watkins and 30-year old Virgil Griggs, both of Miami, will face felony charges of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and 2nd Degree Arson. Watkins is also charged with two counts of Willful Injury. This is what detectives say they had to piece together:

At 1:37 am, officers were called to Fun City in response to a shooting in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that two people had been shot in the upper body and were taken to Great River Medical Center. Witnesses say the shooter then left the area.

At 1:55 this morning, police were called to the 200 block of Hayes Street to investigate a drive-by shooting.

Several vehicles had been shot and bullets also struck apartments in the area. The suspects drove off.

At 2:49, Burlington cops were dispatched to the area of Oak and Ashmun Streets, where there was a car fire. They determined that it was arson and whoever set it then fled.

And at 3:50 this morning, there was a report of a man with a gun and detectives caught up with Watkins and Griggs at the Howard Johnson Hotel, where they were apprehended. Authorities say both men work at the construction site of the Iowa Fertilizer Plant south of Wever.

  • Brandon

    Willful injury? Sounds like attempted murder to me. $40,000 bail? What a joke.

  • Bill

    One of the accused is out already, on this ridiculously low bail. The cops go through the work to catch someone who is terrorizing the town, then the bond is so low that they are out within hours.

    Who makes these decisions? They need to be replaced.

    Don’t have evidence for attempted murder? Come on, at least give the police a chance to build a case. These low bails aren’t going to keep them in there long enough for that to happen.

    • Brandon

      Agreed. Plus they are from Miami and here on a temp jobs. What are the odds they actually stick around for the trial? Standing ovation for the officers on a quick arrest, shame on the judge that set the bail so low.