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One of Four Iowa City Teens Accused in Robbery Faces New Theft Charge
IOWA CITY, Iowa - One of four people accused in an armed robbery in Iowa City last month is facing a new theft charge after police say she helped someone steal more than $100 worth of items from her employer – Dollar General.
Shakila A. Holder, 18, of Iowa City, was arrested this week on suspicion of fifth-degree theft after loss prevention personnel with the Dollar General told officers they caught her on surveillance video allowing merchandise to leave without being paid for.
Holder, an employee with the Iowa City store, was seen scanning more than 20 items and then voiding every single transaction, according to a criminal complaint. She's accused of then allowing a customer – an unidentified accomplice – to leave the store without paying for the items.
The exact value of the theft isn't known because some of the stolen items weren't scanned at all, according to the complaint.
Store staff decided to review the video after noticing a large number of voided items.
Holder was arrested last month on allegations she drove the getaway car for three teenage males accused of entering a home at 409 South Dodge St., Unit No. 1, after 10:40 p.m. Oct. 21 and pointing a handgun at a victim's head while demanding he put two laptops in a backpack.
Brandon R. Johnson, 17, of Iowa City, faces five felony charges after police said he demanded the laptops at gunpoint. Brandon O. Payne, 17, of Iowa City, also faces felony charges after police say he, too, went armed into the unit to help with the robbery.
Holder, in that case, faces a charge of second-degree theft and accessory to a felony after police said she drive the getaway car and tried to conceal evidence from investigators.
Ki'el D. Washington, 19, of Iowa City, faces a charge of interference with official acts after police said he fled the suspect vehicle and led officers on a short foot chase.
Holder is accused of driving the suspects from the crime scene, knowing a crime had just been committed, and letting the suspects hide the stolen items in her apartment, according to a criminal complaint. She also is accused of lying to officers and driving the suspects to another location to hide the gun, police reported.
Before the recent charges, Holder had a limited criminal history in Iowa.