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Iowa City Police Investigate Gas Station Robbery

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police are looking for a man suspected of entering a gas station late Tuesday and demanding money at gunpoint.

The suspect entered On The Go BP at 2315 Muscatine Ave. at 9:39 p.m. Tuesday, displayed a handgun and demanded cash, according to an Iowa City police news release.

He was last seen running eastbound from the business, according to police. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, but the employee wasn't harmed.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and he was wearing a red jacket or hoodie, black jeans and a blue checkered shirt at the time of the crime.

Tuesday's armed robbery adds to a list of similar crimes in the community in the last few weeks.

On Oct. 30, two separate armed robberies were reported in Black's Gaslight Village in Iowa City about 11:30 p.m., according to police. Officers were called about an armed person in the rental apartment complex at 422 Brown St. by two separate people who reported being robbed within minutes of each other at separate locations in that area.

Both victims said a man approached them, pointed a gun at them and demanded their purses, police said. One woman ran into her apartment without giving him anything. The other person gave the suspect her purse.

The suspect in that case was described as a thin black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall in his 20s or 30s. No one has been arrested in those cases.

Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said investigators can't say at this time whether they believe the October incidents are connected with this week's robbery. But, she said, that's something detectives are investigating.

A week before the Oct. 30 robberies, Iowa City police arrested three suspects in connection with a separate armed robbery at a home at 409 South Dodge St. In that case, three men entered the home and one pulled out a handgun, according to police. He pointed it at two victims and demanded they put their laptops into a backpack, police reported.

The suspects fled the area, but police caught them a short time later and arrested them on a handful of charges, including first-degree robbery. Officers also arrested the getaway driver.

Anyone with information on any of Iowa City's unresolved robberies can contact Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers at 319-358-8477. Tips leading to the arrest of a suspect can earn a $1,000 reward.

All calls are held in confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.

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