Iowa City Armed Robbery

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) UPDATE: Police said robbers snatched cell phones from two people in Iowa City, Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m.

Two adult males were walking near Market and Lucas Streets when they were approached by two others. The robbers demanded cell phones and assaulted the victims.

"When the victim and his friend fought back one of the men said he had a gun," said Iowa City Police Lt. Denise Brotherton in a news release. "The men then took the cell phones and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim did not recall seeing a gun."

Brotherton said the victim "suffered cuts and abrasions" to the face. His friend didn't want to cooperate with police, according to authorities.

"The victim described the suspects as Hispanic males with short, black hair," said Brotherton. "They appeared to be in their twenties."

Authorities said one of the suspects was about 6’2" and around 200-220lbs. He was wearing a long sleeved, white shirt. The other man was near 5’10" and 190lbs. He was wearing a navy blue, long sleeved shirt.

Police do not believe the robbery is connected to the shooting in downtown Iowa City, early Sunday morning.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). 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.

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