One suspect in custody in Iowa City armed robbery; police say more arrests possible

Victims not hurt; suspect taken into custody after being tracked to his home

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Gazette staff report

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces numerous charges in connection with a reported armed robbery, and police say they’re looking for at least one additional suspect in the case.

Police say the incident began at 2502 Bartelt Court, where a group of people were approached at 11:12 p.m. Friday by two black men displaying handguns. The suspects demanded property or cash and the victims complied, police said, before the suspects left the scene on foot.

The victims were not hurt, according to reports.

A K-9 police dog was called to the scene and led officers on a scent trail to an apartment building at 359 Willowind Place, where police say they determined some, or all, of the stolen property was located. Police say they were also familiar with the residents of the address. Police set up a perimeter around the building and ordered the residents outside. After about a half-hour, a suspect identified as Raekwon Daquan Stack, 19, came outside carrying his young child, police said.

A search of the home produced items taken during the reported robbery, along with two guns, police said. The child was turned over to his mother.

Stack was taken into custody without incident and faces charges of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony; going armed with intent and possessing a firearm as a felon, both class D felonies; and third-degree theft and destruction of evidence, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Stack was in custody Saturday at the Johnson County Jail. Investigators say they have reason to believe one or more other people were involved in the robbery, and are asking the public for help in identifying them. Iowa City CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to additional arrests. Anyone with information is asked to contact Iowa City CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).

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