Two men charged in robbery at Johnson and Burlington Streets


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Two men face charges in the wake of a Sept. 1 robbery near the intersection of Johnson and Burlington Streets.

Zachary Washpun, 19, 1305 Second Ave., and Earl Mckee, 22, Richton Park, Ill., were charged after officers responded to the intersection after receiving a report of a subject being robbed, according to an Iowa City police complaint. The complaint said officers arrived and located several subjects near the intersection.

According to the complaint, the victim of the robbery and witnesses stated that Washpun and Mckee, along with another subject, took items from the victim. The list of items allegedly stolen included  two pieces of jewelry, the victim’s shoes, and approximately $20 in cash, according to the complaint.

The complaint also said the victim said Washpun, Mckee, and the other man threatened to physically harm him. According to the complaint, he said he did not want to fight them, but Washpun allegedly told the others involved to beat him up anyway.

The complaint said items belonging to the victim were found in Mckee’s pocket.

Mckee is charged with second-degree robbery, a Class-C felony, and rioting, an aggravated misdemeanor. Washpun is charged with rioting.

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