Suspect Still Missing In Violent Iowa City Robbery

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City police continue to look for a man believed to be "armed and dangerous."

Investigators are trying to find Christopher Kelly, 31, of Iowa City in connection with a violent robbery earlier this week.

"This was a serious crime," said Iowa City police Lt. Doug Hart. "The victim didn't know the suspects."

Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged robbery at 321 N. Johnson St. According to police, the victim responded to a knock at his door when two men pushed the door in, knocked him to the ground and hit him in the head with a handgun. The suspects then held the victim at gunpoint while stealing an estimated $2 thousand worth of property.

One man charged in the crime has a long history in Johnson County. Alajuwon Johnson, who's been charged with first degree robbery and first degree burglary, pled guilty in 2010 to involuntary manslaughter. According to investigators Johnson was directly involved with the shooting death of Kylie Perkins, 20, during a struggle for a gun he illegally owned in late 2009. Police said Johnson didn't call 911 after Perkins was accidentally shot because he was scared.

Johnson was sentenced to 5 years in prison. According to KCRG/Gazette archives, Judge Marsha Bergan told Johnson during his sentencing: "I only hope you dedicate your life to good and be grateful for the short sentence. I hope you live every day of your life knowing you owe it to the world to be good."

The prosecutor in the case, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, said she was "disappointed" to learn of the robbery incident allegedly involving Johnson.
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