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Police arrest woman accused of 2018 robbery at Cedar Rapids store

Accomplice who pepper-sprayed security guard remains at large

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Waterloo woman was arrested this week in Cedar Rapids in connection with a 2018 robbery, but police still are looking for her accomplice.

Ishanik Z. McNealy, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday, according to court records. She faces a charge of second-degree robbery.

Her accomplice, Jalexus Bradford, 21, of Des Moines, also faces a second-degree robbery charge, but police have been unable to locate her. Jail custody logs list Bradford as “absconded.”

The robbery charges stem from an incident Sept. 11, 2018, at the J.C. Penney at 2400 Edgewood Rd. SW.

The two women took several pieces of merchandise and approached the store security guard. Bradford pepper-sprayed the guard, according to the complaint, and the two women ran to a vehicle — driven by a third person — and drove away.

The complaint states a second store employee also was a victim in the robbery, but does not specify what happened.

McNealy was picked up on a warrant and booked into Linn County Jail. She made her initial appearance Tuesday morning in Linn County District Court.

Bradford remains at large.

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