Public Safety

Man arrested in connection with Coralville robbery

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CORALVILLE — Coralville police have arrested two men in connection with a December robbery that left one person with a gunshot wound.

Police say Marquez Fox, 21, address unknown, and Artquon Kirksey, 19, arrived at a residence in the 500 block of Seventh Avenue for “an arranged transaction” around 1 a.m. Dec. 23.

They were accompanised by a second, unknown person, police said.

Authorities said the men discussed the transaction, but it ultimately did not occur.

Police said the victim left the residence and got into a vehicle. The unknown suspect went to the vehicle, pulled a handgun and shot into the vehicle, hitting the victim in his arm and chest, police said.

Fox, Kirksey and the unknown suspect then got into the vehicle, and Kirksey drove the car away, police said.

Fox was identified by both the victim and two witnesses during interviews, police said.

Fox faces one count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable up to 25 years in prison.

Police said when he was arrested on Thursday, he was carrying two one-gram baggies of marijuana and a digital scale, which brought an additional charge of controlled substance violation, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Fox also was wanted on warrants for failure to appear on several charges.

Kirksey was arrested Friday morning on a warrant for first-degree robbery, Coralville police Lt. Deb Summers said.

Summers said the investigation is open and ongoing.

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