Second Arrest in Gas Station Robbery

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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By Larry Burkum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A second man has been arrested in connection with a robbery committed at a gas station a week ago.

Jacoby A. Pledge, 20, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with second-degree robbery for the robbery allegedly committed at Kum N Go, 3131 First Ave. NE at 12:41 p.m. Sept. 12. The victims - three juveniles - pulled up to the gas station, went inside and came back out, Hamblin said. When they returned to their car, they noticed a vehicle parked next to them. Hamblin said two men got out of the second car. One of the men got into the victim's car and the second opened a passenger door.

Police said the two suspects demanded the juveniles' valuables.

The suspect vehicle was found parked a short time later. Police said one of the suspects - 17-year-old Jamal McKaufman - was located with the vehicle. He was taken into custody and faces one count of second-degree robbery.

Pledge was not arrested on the day of the offense, but was arrested this week. Police said Pledge was arrested at his Bever Avenue SE home and when officers were at the residence, they found a baggie of marijuana, earning him an additional charge of possession of marijuana.

Also arrested was 18-year-old Meagan Waggener-Stockman of Cedar Rapids. Police said Waggener-Stockman gave police false information to prevent Pledge's capture. She faces charges of preventing apprehension, obstructing prosecution, obstructing justice and driving while barred.

Both Pledge and Waggener-Stockman have been transported to the Linn County Jail.
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