Two charged with robbery

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 07, 2009 7:30 AM

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Police arrested two Iowa City men after they allegedly robbed a store on Dec. 5.

Jose Murcia, age unknown, 28 Forestview Trailor Court, and Rogelio Fernandez, 23, address unknown, were both charged with first-degree robbery.

The two men entered the Valparaiso Western Wear, 212 First Ave., and were shopping for several minutes before they allegedly displayed a knife and threatened two store employees, police said.

The suspects took money and merchandise, according to reports.

Police reported Murcia made a full confession to his involvement in the crime.

First-degree robbery is a Class B felony, generally punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

— by Marleen Linares

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