Third suspect charged in Highway 100 December robbery

Jeff Raasch
Published: May 7 2010 | 10:01 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 12:31 am in
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A third person has been charged with robbery for pulling a young man into a car, taking some of his cash and and leaving him along Highway 100 last December.

Michael A. Hicks, 20, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Police say he was with 18-year-old Bryar Byrne and 20-year-old Elijah C. Newman when they robbed Riley O’Dean, 19, on Dec. 19.

According to the police report, O’Dean told officers he was walking in the 200 block of 29th Street Drive SE around 8:30 p.m. when a car pulled up. He said two men got out, pulled him into the car, assaulted him and took some of his cash. He was pushed out on Highway 100 east of First Avenue East.

O’Dean, who was pistol whipped and needed stitches to close a gash above his left eye, told police three men were in the car.

Police have not detailed the roles of the three young men in the robbery.

Byrne, who was arrested for his involvement in the O’Dean robbery in February, was charged this week with two other armed robberies. Police said he was one of two men who robbed Tobacco Point, 1545 First Ave. NE, on Nov. 5, 2009 and acted alone to rob U.S. Bank, 3401 Mount Vernon Rd. SE on March 15.

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