Evansdale Workers Subdue Man with Explosive Device

By Mike Wagner, News Operations Manager


By Mike Wagner

EVANSDALE, Iowa -- Evansdale police arrested a 37-year-old man after he threatened employees at a store with a "fused explosive device."

Officers say Richard Roney tried to rob the Four Queens Dairy Store at 3640 Lafayette Road around 9:14 Thursday night. Police said Roney entered the store wearing a mask and then threatened employees with what they're calling a "small, fused explosive device."

Court records say that officers described the device as a round cylinder with a fuse that is consistent with a "M200 explosive device." They say that the device had a fuse sticking out of it and that Roney carried a lighter in his other hand. The owner and an employee were in the store at the time. They told police that Roney asked them if they "wanted to die." Police say Roney later admitted that he entered an open door in the back of the store after hours with the intent to steal money.

Employees at the store struggled with Roney and held him until police arrived. One of the workers was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after the scuffle.

Roney is charged with First Degree Robbery and assault. He's in the Black Hawk County Jail.
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