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Iowa City man arrested after drug deal gone bad

Travis Holman charged with first-degree robbery

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man was charged with robbery after what police said was a drug deal gone bad.

Travis L. Holman, 18, and a co-defendant not identified in police records met the alleged victim at 2:23 p.m. April 4 in the parking lot at Tate High School, according to an Iowa City police criminal complaint. There, police said Holman and the co-defendant made a deal to later buy marijuana from the man.

Police said the defendants contacted the man a couple of hours later via Snapchat and arranged to meet in the 3000 block of Wayne Avenue. Police said the man arrived in his vehicle, and Holman sat in the front passenger seat. The co-defendant sat behind the alleged victim in the back seat.

Police said as the man was getting the marijuana to complete the sale, Holman tried to grab it from him. As the two struggled, the co-defendant pulled out a gun and put it to the back of the man’s head.

Police said the co-defendant hit the man multiple times in the head with the gun, and Holman hit the man in the face. The pair then fled on foot.

Police said surveillance footage showed both the original meeting at Tate, as well as the suspects fleeing the scene. The co-defendant was wearing the same clothes in both videos and was seen holding a gun after fleeing the robbery, police said. The co-defendant also lives near the robbery scene.

Holman has been arrested and faces one count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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