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Iowa City man accused of taking shoes at gunpoint

Saivon J. Lester
Saivon J. Lester

NORTH LIBERTY — An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after police say he stole a pair of shoes at gunpoint.

According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Saivon J. Lester, 20, met with someone at a residence on West Lake Road in North Liberty to buy a pair of shoes. Lester tried using counterfeit money, police said. But when that didn’t work, he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot the victim, according to police.

Police said Lester took the shoes and fled. He was found in a vehicle after a traffic stop, they said, with the stolen shoes, two fake $100 bills and a loaded gun tucked in his underwear.

Lester was booked at the Johnson County Jail where he initially gave the name and birth date of another person, police said. He was also discovered to be concealing three Alprazolam tablets.

Lester faces charges of first-degree robbery, possession of contraband in a correctional facility, forgery, carrying weapons and malicious prosecution. If convicted of all five charges, he faces up to 38 years in prison.

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