Four Arrests Made After Armed Robbery in Iowa City

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter


By Belinda Yeung

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City police are investigating after two people were ordered to hand over their computers at gunpoint Sunday evening at a residence on South Dodge Street.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 409 S. Dodge St. at 10:41 p.m., according to a news release. Three black males reportedly had entered the home, and one pointed a gun at two people inside, before demanding that they put their laptops in a backpack. All three suspects fled the scene.

Detectives with the department's Street Crimes Unit and several patrol officers later caught the suspects in a car with a woman, who police believe also was involved. The release said police found the computers in subsequent searches, but have not yet found the gun involved in the incident.

At least two of the male suspects involved in the armed robbery were 17, police said. The male who had the gun was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while participating in a felony and going armed with intent, police said. A second 17-year-old male was charged with second-degree theft and accessory to a felony.

Police said the third male was charged with interference with official acts in connection to the robbery, following his arrest on an unrelated warrant.

The woman, identified as Shakila A. Holder, 18, was charged with second-degree theft and accessory to a felony, police said.

No one was injured in the incident, and police said they believe all suspects have been captured. The armed robbery remains under investigation and additional charges could be filed, police said.
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