Iowa City Man Now Charged In Three Robberies

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa City man accused of robbing two banks in his neighborhood also will be charged in connection with last Friday's Hills Bank robbery in Hills — a bank he's robbed before.

A second suspect in that robbery also will be charged, Kinney said.
 
Johnson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Kevin Kinney said Tuesday morning that he was filing a second-degree robbery charge against Antoinne E. Davis, 30, of 1100 Arthur St., for the robbery at Hills Bank and Trust on Friday. The sheriff's office was called to the bank just before noon after a man believed to be Davis entered the bank wearing a white mask, gloves, sweat pants and a camouflage poncho and demanded cash. He was not armed.
 
Davis had help in that robbery from 23-year-old Jamarcus M. Knox, who served as the getaway driver, Kinney said. Knox also will be charged with second-degree robbery, Kinney said. Knox also lives at 1100 Arthur St.
 
The Hills branch of Hills Bank appears to be a favorite target of Davis', who robbed the bank in January 2006. During that incident, Davis — armed with a paintball gun — demanded cash from the employees. After the robbery, he fled from the scene in his car, but turned down a dead-end street and abandoned the vehicle. He was later caught by a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. Davis was carrying a large amount of money and the paintball gun was found in his car.
 
Davis pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bank robbery in April 2006 and was sentenced in August 2006 to nearly eight years in prison. However, subsequent federal court records indicate Davis was a resident at the Hinzman Center in Cedar Rapids in May 2012. Davis was less than a model resident, according to court records.
 
A petition filed in December 2012 indicates he had numerous infractions at the center, including returning late, theft, possession of contraband, removal of his GPS unit, threatening bodily harm to another resident and an arrest for disorderly conduct by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
 
In April 2013, Davis' supervised release was revoked for one year, according to federal court records.
 
Davis faces three counts of second-degree robbery after he was apprehended near Kmart in Iowa City Monday shortly after the Hills Bank branch at 2621 Muscatine Ave. was robbed. Davis admitted to robbing the Iowa City and Hills branches of Hills Bank, as well as the University of Iowa Community Credit Union at 2525 Muscatine Ave. on July 17. Both of the Iowa City banks are a short distance from Davis' residence.
 
“Jamarcus also confessed to his involvement (in the robbery in Hills),” Kinney said.
Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said Knox was in the vehicle Davis was found in on Monday, but has not been charged in connection with either Iowa City robbery.
 
In addition to last Friday's robbery in Hills, Davis is accused of entering the UI Community Credit Union around 9:40 a.m. July 17 dressed in all black, except for a white mask covering his face. Davis was carrying a bag and demanded cash, but did not display a weapon. No one was harmed in the robbery, police said.
 
Iowa City police officers responded to Hills Bank at 12:39 p.m. Monday after Davis — again dressed in black and wearing a mask — robbed the bank, police said. No weapon was displayed. Officers canvassed the area, spoke with witnesses and learned Davis was believed to have fled toward the Hy-Vee on First Avenue. A short time later, a suspect vehicle with Davis inside was pulled over near the Kmart on Highway 6 and Davis was taken into custody for questioning. The Iowa City Police Department was assisted by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and FBI.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.
Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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