Transient Charged With $13 Robbery In Sycamore Mall Parking Lot
By Lee Hermiston, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $13 robbery could land a homeless man in jail for 25 years.
According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, on Sept. 27, 32-year-old Darron D. Rodgers was in the parking lot at the Sycamore Mall. Police said Rodgers walked up to a man who was sitting in his car and tapped on the window with a small pocket knife.
When the man rolled down his window slightly, Rodgers demanded he roll it down all the way, police said. The man complied and Rodgers demanded that the man give him all of his money, which totaled $13.
Rodgers allegedly told the man that he needed gas money to visit his wife in Davenport and that he worked at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Following the robbery, Rodgers was developed as a potential suspect.
Police presented the victim with a photo lineup and Rodgers was identified as the robber.
Rodgers was arrested and faces one count of first-degree robbery, a class B felony.
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