Iowa City police investigate strong-armed robbery

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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Iowa City police are investigating a strong-arm robbery that occurred at the north entrance of the Old Capitol Town Center on Monday morning.

The UI police issued a Hawk Alert because of the proximity to campus. The mall, which includes the University Capitol Center, houses various university departments, including the Sustainability Office, International Programs, and the UI police.

The suspect  was described as a black male wearing a winter hat, dark coat, khaki pants, and dark shoes. Lucy Wiederholt, associate director of the UI police, said the suspect did not display a weapon, but he forcibly tried to take something.

Last semester, the UI police issued two Hawk Alerts for reported robberies. In November, a strong-arm robbery occurred on South Clinton Street, and in December an armed robbery occurred in the area of Wayne Avenue and Essex Street.

Wiederholt said the Hawk Alerts are primarily meant to create safety awareness in the recipients.

“We certainly want people to be aware of it and to watch for the suspect,” Wiederholt said. “We never want anyone ever to approach a suspect but to call authorities immediately.”

— by Abigail Meier

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