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North Liberty man with rifle accused of robbing woman

Walker was also wanted on a warrant for sexual abuse

NORTH LIBERTY — A North Liberty man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery there.

According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, around 9 p.m. Nov. 8, 33-year-old Beauhanan D. Walker went to a unit in the Country Living Apartments, 160 Sugar Creek Lane, knocked on the door and then pointed a rifle at the victim’s head when she opened the door. Police said Walker then entered the apartment and ordered the victim to lay face down on her bed.

Walker searched for valuables and got away with $40 in cash and a belt, police said.

Authorities later obtained a search warrant for Walker’s residence, also at 160 Sugar Creek Lane, and discovered the rifle under a mattress. Walker was convicted of a felony in Illinois and is barred from possessing a firearm, police said.

Walker was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Jail. However, police said when they arrived at the jail, Walker ran from the arresting officer and initially could not be located. He was later located and taken into custody.

Walker faces charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, both Class B felonies; as well as control of a firearm by a felon and escape, both class D felonies. He faces up to 60 years in prison for those offenses.

Authorities said Walker was wanted on a warrant for third-degree sexual. According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, around 5 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2014, the victim was asleep at a friend’s apartment. Police said the woman woke up to Walker sexually abusing her. Walker faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, for that incident.

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