Iowa City police suspect two men in armed robbery at pizza store

Police: one suspect connected with two unsolved armed robberies

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April 1, 2014 | 3:55 am

Iowa City police today arrested two men in connection with an early-morning armed robbery at Gumby’s Pizza, and one of the men is suspected in two other recent armed robberies.

Officers responded to Gumby’s, 702 S. Gilbert St., at 12:35 a.m. Monday on a report of an armed robbery, according to a news release. An employee told investigators that two black men armed with a handgun entered the business, pointed the gun at his head and demanded money, police reported.

The employee complied with the suspects’ demands and handed over an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. The suspects fled the scene on foot, and a witness was able to show responding officers where they had seen the men flee, police reported.

Iowa City K9 Officer Brandon Faulkcon and K9 Rakker, who are patrolling this week for the first time since being trained and certified as a K9 unit, managed to track the suspects to an apartment at 816 S. Gilbert St., police reported.

Further investigation led to the arrests of Marvis Jackson, 27, of Iowa City, and Wesley Turner, 24, of Iowa City. Jackson faces a charge of first-degree robbery, and Turner faces a charge of first-degree robbery joint criminal conduct. Both are class B felonies punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

After Jackson was taken into custody, investigators began reviewing recent unsolved armed robberies in the area and were able to link Jackson to two robberies in November, according to police.

Jackson also has  been charged with additional counts of first-degree robbery for armed robberies that occurred on Nov. 13 at the On The Go BP at 2315 Muscatine Ave. and on Nov. 22 at the Suburban BP at 1905 Keokuk St.

No one was injured in any of the robberies, police reported.

Jackson and Turner are currently being held in the Johnson County Jail.

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