On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at approximately 10:05 p.m., Iowa City Police responded to Delimart at 525 Hwy 1 W for an armed robbery in progress. Upon arrival, Officers found the suspect inside the business, brandishing a knife and attempting to gain access to a cash register. The on-duty employee had escaped from the suspect and taken refuge in a locked office. One of the responding Officers was able to de-escalate the situation by talking the suspect into dropping the knife, and he was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as Jonathan Patrick St. John, 23, of Iowa City. He was charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Going Armed with Intent. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail.
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