Public Safety

Coralville man forces driver at gunpoint to act as drug delivery vehicle for 11 hours

Erhan Karina
Erhan Karina

According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Department complaint, a male individual was allegedly forced at gunpoint to drive throughout Iowa City and Cedar Rapids for 11 hours on drug deliveries.

The complaint details the account of an unnamed male who says a stranger, later identified as Erhan Karina, 35 of Coralville, approached his vehicle at the 600 block of S. Johnson St. in Iowa City on July 21, 2018.

Karina was a stranger to the unnamed male, and asked him for a ride to the grocery store.

When Karina got inside the vehicle, he allegedly pulled a handgun on the driver, and forced the driver to stop at multiple locations in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids over the next 11 hours.

During this time, the individual said Karina forced him to hand over $200 in cash, and was told to sit in the vehicle while Karina dealt drugs.

After the encounter, the unnamed individual went to the police station to detail the encounter, and told police throughout the experience he feared for his life.

Karina has since been identified and accused of first-degree robbery — a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison — as well as false imprisonment, a serious misdemeanor.

Karina was also previously identified in a 2016 robbery case for allegedly holding a victim at knifepoint while at a gas station, demanding money, and fleeing after receiving the cash.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.