Alonzo Quinn

Rhiannon Olsen

Rhiannon Olsen

Alonzo Nakia Quinn
and
Rhiannon Marie Olsen (9 mos. pregnant)

 

Double Homicide

 
 
 

Courtesy Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Courtesy Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, Jan. 5, 2003

Alonzo Nakia Quinn, 27
Rhiannon Marie Olsen, 22
Full-term (9 months) unborn child
1001 Hartman Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa
Black Hawk County
January 3, 2003

 

On Friday, January 3, 2003, Waterloo police discovered the bodies of Alonzo Nakia Quinn, 27, and Rhiannon Marie Olsen, 22, inside Quinn’s home at 1001 Hartman Avenue in Waterloo. Olsen was nine months pregnant with Quinn’s child.

Both Quinn and Olsen had been shot to death. Olsen’s unborn child, a boy who was to be named Jalen, did not survive.

Olsen’s family members became concerned when they didn’t hear from her and asked authorities to check on her welfare at her boyfriend’s home at the Hartman Avenue house. Inside, police and paramedics found the deceased bodies.

Witnesses in a kidnapping case described Quinn as a drug dealer, and authorities said a group from Iowa City was hunting Quinn and other Waterloo men involved in the drug trade months before the killings.

The group was trying to get money from the Waterloo men, and, to that end, they terrorized women associated with the Waterloo men, prosecutors said.

Olsen had previously been tied up by burglars in October 2002 when three to four people broke into her Cedar Falls apartment, demanded money, and ransacked the residence. No one has been arrested in that crime.

The following article, which details the couple’s murder, appeared in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on June 1, 2003.


The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Prosecutor: Murder victim had been hunted

June 01, 2003 | By Jeff Reinitz, Courier Staff Writer

WATERLOO — In the months before Alonzo Quinn and his girlfriend were found shot to death in his home, he and two others were hunted, according to prosecutors.

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The 1001 Hartman Avenue home where Alonzo Quinn and Rhiannon Olsen were found slain on Jan. 3, 2003.

The hunters were a group of men, one of whom had been a drug trafficking suspect, that terrorized women their targets knew in order to find them, prosecutors said.

Duct tape was a common tool in the crimes, as were broomsticks, detectives said.

Authorities have remained silent about the ongoing investigation into the unsolved slayings of Quinn, 27, and 22-year-old Rhiannon Olsen, who was nine months pregnant with his child.

Both were found dead of gunshot wounds in his Hartman Avenue house Jan. 3.

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David Erroll Willock

Friday, Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Ray Walton laid out part of the state’s case against David Erroll Willock, one of the men he said was pursuing Quinn. Walton argues Willock was also pursuing kidnapping-victim-turned-shooting-suspect Anthony Cole and a third man, Lamont Horton.

“The motive is clearly money and taking money by force,” Walton told the court at Willock’s hearing.

Walton said Willock, a 30-year-old bartender from Iowa City, and two others wanted money from Quinn, Cole and Horton, and they targeted women connected with them.

Willock hasn’t been charged in the January double slaying — no one has — but he was charged with kidnapping, burglary and robbery in an Oct. 16 home invasion in Waterloo and the botched kidnapping of Cole and his girlfriend from her apartment in Cedar Falls Oct. 26.

Walton wants Willock to have one trial for both crimes because, he said, they were part of a common scheme. But defense attorneys John Lane and John Bishop said this would hurt his chances of a fair trial. They are asking the cases be separated.

Visits in the night

In the Oct. 16 burglary, a woman told police three men in ski masks entered her Waterloo apartment while she was in bed. They bound her and her children, ages 6 and 7, with duct tape.

The intruders made the woman try to phone Horton and Quinn in an attempt to lure them to her apartment, Bishop said. He argued motives for both crimes appear to be different.

After the woman was unable to contact the men, one of the assailants raped her and she was assaulted with a broomstick, according to court records.

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Kidnapping-victim-turned-shooting-suspect Anthony Marcellus Cole

Then, in the early morning hours of Oct. 26, a number of armed men confronted Cole and his girlfriend at her apartment.

Duct tape was used to restrain the two. Cole was beaten with a handgun, and the attackers threatened to use a broomstick on the woman, Walton said.

The victims were taken to the girlfriend’s car, where Cole was eventually able to break free of his bonds and attack a man he identified as Willock before escaping. The woman escaped later, breaking out of the car’s trunk.

Cole was arrested for attempted murder in March after police said he shot two men in an unrelated incident in the parking lot of Club Crystyles.

According to Cedar Falls police, Olsen was also paid a visit by burglars in October.

She said three or four people broke into her Tremont Street apartment in Cedar Falls at about 1 a.m. Oct. 5 while she was alone in bed.

The intruders wrapped her wrists in duct tape and also covered her eyes, police said. The burglars ransacked the home, as if looking for something. Olsen was not injured.

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Waterloo, IA
Waterloo in Black Hawk County

Police said Olsen told them she didn’t know what the burglars sought.

No one has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 5 burglary.

Search warrant

Detectives with Waterloo and Cedar Falls police departments worked the kidnapping and burglary cases, and their investigations brought them to Willock.

Along with Cole’s eyewitness identification, cellular telephone records placed Willock in the Cedar Falls area at the time of the crime, prosecutors said.

Investigators tied Willock to the Waterloo home invasion after finding his DNA on a milk jug at the apartment, Walton said. But defense attorney’s appear ready to argue he had been a guest at the apartment 10 days earlier.

Still, by the end of November, the Black Hawk County area officers didn’t have the probable cause they needed to search Willock’s Iowa City home, and no one had been arrested in the crimes.

That’s when they got wind of a Muscatine-area investigation into Willock’s brother, Richard.

Richard Willock, who is part owner of the Press Box nightclub where David works, lives at the same Weeber Street home as David.

Courtesy photo Kim Menke, WCF Courier Staff Photographer
David Willock of Iowa City, center, at his September 2003 trial. Willock was charged with kidnapping, robbery and burglary in the Oct. 16, 2002 home invasion robbery at a Waterloo woman’s home and the botched abduction of Anthony Cole and Cassandra Jenkins from a Cedar Falls apartment Oct. 26, 2002. The jury found Willock guilty, but the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned the convictions after ruling Willock should have been given separate trials in each of the two crimes.

Muscatine police said Richard Willock illegally used the name and credit history of former Hawkeye football star Tavian Banks to buy a 1999 Chrysler LHS from a dealership there in 2000.

Waterloo and Cedar Falls police didn’t have a warrant to search the Weeber Street house, but Muscatine Det. Matthew Schwarz, who was looking into the identity theft case, did.

The Muscatine detective allowed a Waterloo investigator and two Cedar Falls officers to come along during the Nov. 25 search.

Receipt for duct tape

A 14-man SWAT team from the Iowa City Police Department secured the house, and the investigators started their search.

Schwarz said a handgun was found under David Willock’s pillow, and another weapon was located in the bedroom of Luther Hammett Jr.. who would later be charged in the Oct. 26 abduction.

But in November police learned they didn’t have the authority to seize the guns, and the weapons were later returned.

Taking the witness stand during Friday’s hearing, Waterloo Police Investigator Scott Lake said they found a receipt on a dresser in Richard Willock’s bedroom. It was from a nearby Wal-Mart and listed Duck-brand duct tape and a number of ski masks as the items purchased.

The date on the receipt was the same day as the Waterloo home invasion, Lake said.

Officers didn’t have the authority to take the receipt, and Richard Willock refused to surrender it, officers said.

Police did photograph it and then went to the store where they obtained a security camera tape showing the transaction.

Defense attorneys are asking the court to throw out the photo of the receipt, the store videotape and other documents found at the Iowa City house.

Police also found marijuana stems and seeds along with a vacuum sealing machine similar to those often used by people in the drug trade to package narcotics, Schwarz said.

Both Willocks and Hammett had been arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and violation of the state’s drug tax stamp act in August after officers found 21.7 pounds of the drug. The case was later dismissed.

© Copyright 2013, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier


About the Victims

Rhiannon Marie Olsen was born November 8, 1980. She was buried at the Fredsville Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Grundy County, Iowa.

Alonzo Nakia Quinn was born May 6, 1975.

No one has ever been charged in Olsen and Quinn’s deaths.

Information Needed

If you have any information about this unsolved crime, please contact the Waterloo Police Department at 319-291-4340, ext. 3, or the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477). Anyone with information leading to an arrest is eligible for a $1,000 reward.

You may also submit tips anonymously through the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers Confidential Web Tip Information System.

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24 Responses to Alonzo Quinn and Rhiannon Olsen

  1. gussie crank says:

    Don’t judge untill u walk where those family stood.it can happen to you.you could be in the same place those family went through.you did’nt know either family so keep your thouht to yourself .we might be reading about you or a friend or family .non”t judge anyone.learn how to pray for traggest.pray it don”t be at your door tomorrow.

  2. Diana Wilson says:

    Another sad story. Sooner or later the culprit will be found.

  3. Angie Wunder says:

    This is sad. I can not believe this is unsolved.

  4. they were living so close to your old house Angie Wunder right? I remember that it was Mexican drug cartel from Chicago, but in all things similar to this event it must be very difficult to catch and scary to even try to catch the perpetrator/s !

  5. Angie Wunder says:

    It was right behind our old house. They searched our yard even. I used to see her at the convenience store. She was to be induced just a few days after this happened, if I remember correctly. Very sad situation.

  6. we were just babies. tragic absolutely heart breaking

  7. Wow can’t believe this was 13 yrs ago!!

  8. Which they could solve them all waiting for them to solve my brothers also

  9. Noel Showers says:

    Why does everyone always say “they’ll get caught eventually”? There are hundreds of cold cases in Iowa alone. Fact is a ton of horrible crimes go unsolved.

  10. Marj Bensley says:

    Why is it not considered a triple homicide? Nine month pregnancy is viable, and they mentioned the baby did not survive.

  11. Theresa says:

    It’s sad that our family as well as Rhianna’s family has not gotten closer. He was my grandmother’s baby boy and I know that she still suffer his loss after 13 yrs. All I can say is call your love one often, tell them you love them every day… They both were great people and would help anyone that needed it. Miss you, love you and until we meet again try and rest in peace.

  12. Alyssa says:

    This was such a scary, sad, and horrific time for family and friends. If you think something like this won’t happen to you, you will be stunningly disappointed. I think about this often, especially this time of year. We miss you and love you guys?

  13. Ricky from the 'Loo says:

    Thug life came to cash its chips in.

  14. They had the fucking killers and let them go 21.7pounds of weed duck tape evidence fuck the police for not doing there job right

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