Public Safety

Iowa City man arrested on warrants for robbery, attempted burglary

Police say 18-year-old is accused in two separate incidents

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces robbery and burglary charges for two separate incidents after being picked up on warrants Thursday.

According to University of Iowa police, around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Robert K. Walker, 18, and 17-year-old Otis Dawson, Jr. approached two men in the area of 24 Byington Rd. on the UI campus after pointing laser pointers at them. Police said Walker and Dawson demanded property from the two men.

Authorities said one of the men had cash, a wallet and other contents of his wallet stolen. The other man did not have anything taken, police said. The men reported that Dawson pointed a gun at them during the robbery and both men had their lives threatened.

Police said a portion of the incident was captured on surveillance video. The incident triggered a Hawk Alert.

In a separate incident, Iowa City police said Walker and another suspect were seen lurking around the front door, driveway and backyard of a home in the 3300 block of Tulane Avenue around 6 a.m. Oct. 12. At one point, one of the suspects knocked on the door, but no one answered.

Police said after waiting several minutes, Walker attempted to kick in the front door while people were inside the home. Someone inside turned on a light and Walker and the other suspect fled the area.

While investigating the attempted break-in, police also learned that one of the suspects cut a screen to a ground level window in an attempt to get inside.

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Around 5 p.m. Nov. 30, UI police served arrest warrants on Walker at 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd. Authorities said Walker refused to sit in the back of a squad car and was combative with officers, forcing them to physically lift him into the squad car. An officer reported his watch was broken during the struggle.

Walker faces one count of first-degree robbery, a felony, in the Sept. 29 incident; one count of attempted second-degree burglary, a felony, in the Oct. 12 incident; and charges of interference with official acts and fifth-degree criminal mischief, both simple misdemeanors, for his actions during his arrest on Thursday.

UI police said Friday that Dawson was incarcerated on Nov. 21 for another criminal offense. He faces charges of first-degree robbery and carrying weapons, a Class D felony, in connection with the Sept. 29 incident.

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