The Iowa City Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that happened at restaurants Saturday and Monday.The first happened around 7:15 a.m., Sat. July 23, 2016 at Culvers, located at 710 Highway 1 west. The victim told police he was taking out the trash when the suspect showed a gun and demanded money. The victim was able to lock himself in an office. However, the suspect ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police say the suspect is described as a black man, wearing a black hoodie and black shorts.
The second incident happened around 1:18 a.m., Mon. July 25, 2016 at Pancheros Mexican Grill, located at 965 Riverside Drive. Officers arrived on scene and were told someone had robbed the restaurant at gunpoint. The victims told police they were approached in the back parking lot, forced back inside the restaurant and told to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash and/or property.
The suspect in this case is describe as a tall, slender black male wearing a black hoodie (with the hood up), black pants and a black mask.
Both robberies occurred after a bank robbery that happened Wed. July 20, 2016 at First American Bank, located at 640 Highway 1 west.
The suspect in that incident is also described as a black male dressed in all black.
No one was hurt in any of these incidents.
Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in all three cases. Anyone with information is asked to call 358-TIPS or visit www.iccrimestoppers.org. All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.
These cases remain under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department.