Two Indianapolis men who are suspects in multiple Iowa robberies — including one at a Walgreens in Davenport — will remain in Scott County Jail until their trial dates.
Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr., U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Iowa, made that determination despite the requests of both men's mothers to act as third-party custodians for their sons.
Rontel Nijae Mial, 19, and David Andrew Nathaniel Madden, 20, were in court Tuesday.
Davenport Police Cpl. Brian Morel testified about a robbery at Walgreens, 1660 W. Locust St., shortly before 3:42 a.m. Dec. 16, 2017. Here’s what police allege happened, he said:
A man who wandered the aisles of the store for about half an hour eventually approached the pharmacy counter with a box. He then lifted his shirt to display what a witness described as a black firearm, jumped the counter and told the pharmacist to put prescription drugs in a red bag. He then told the pharmacist to lie on the floor and fled the store.
About 2,620 pills were taken from the pharmacy, Morel said.
A tracking device led police to the 500-600 blocks of 59th Street in Davenport, where they located a car driven by Madden.
Madden drove the car into at least one squad car in an effort to escape while officers blocked it with squad cars. Mial ran from the vehicle and was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit, while Madden stayed in the car.
Madden used his car “essentially as a battering ram,” said Will Ripley, assistant county attorney at the Scott County Attorney’s Office, adding that the robbery was a violent crime.
Officers found a Sig Sauer handgun in the area where Mial fled. They also found the drugs inside the red bag in the car, along with a BB gun.
Surveillance video and cell phone evidence showed Mial, who wore earbuds while he was in Walgreens, apparently was in contact with Madden, who stayed in the car. The earbuds were discovered in the car.
On a piece of paper, officers also found a list of addresses, including
• 125 E. Locust St., Davenport, a residence near Davenport Walgreens
• 1720 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, which is a Walgreens address
• 1699 Locust St., Davenport, an invalid address near the Walgreens that was the site of the Dec. 16, 2017, robbery.
Morel said that Mial’s fingerprints were found on boxes left at other robberies that were committed in a similar fashion in Des Moines, Iowa City and Davenport.
Jackson set the trial for April 2, with a pretrial hearing March 12.