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Arrest made in 2017 I.C. robbery

Spencer Lyons
Spencer Lyons

IOWA CITY — Iowa City police have arrested a Minnesota man in a three-year-old armed robbery.

Spencer L. Lyons, 20, of St. Paul, faces two counts of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, in connection with a Jan. 14, 2017, robbery at 801 Gilbert Court, according to an Iowa City police criminal complaint.

Police said Lyons approached two people around 1:14 a.m. and pulled a black handgun on them, demanding their belongings.

Officers said they found the robber a short distance away, and he ran from them, tossing aside a loaded 9 mm handgun and the stolen items.

Although he evaded capture that night, police were able to identify Lyons as the robber through witness interviews.

Lyons was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

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