Police Investigate Another Iowa City Cab Robbery

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

An Iowa City police car. (File photo)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Another cab driver was robbed in Iowa City late Sunday night.

According to the Iowa City Police Department, the victim – a Yellow Cab driver – was dispatched to Samoa Drive around 10 p.m. Sunday. Police said the driver arrived on Samoa Drive and was approached by a man who pulled a gun on him and demanded cash. The suspect fled after the driver complied, police said.

The suspect is described as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He is believed to be in his mid-20s.

This is the second armed robbery alleged to have occurred in Iowa City this weekend. Around 11 p.m. on Friday, a Five Stars Cab driver told police he had been robbed at gunpoint by two black men at the parking lot of 2437 Petsel Place.

The suspects were wearing dark clothing and fled on foot toward the Pheasant Ridge Apartments, police said. Efforts to find the suspects by the Iowa City and University Heights police departments were unsuccessful and the men remain at large.

Both robberies remain under investigation. Police said they aren't investigating the robberies as related, but said it's a possibility because the suspect descriptions in both robberies are similar.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 358-8477.
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