Police have arrested two suspects and are looking for a third in the slaying of 41-year-old Robby Ray Kohn of Davenport.

Jessica Loerzel, 20, of Davenport and Barry Hamilton, 20, of Chicago were arrested in Chicago and are awaiting extradition back to Scott County. They are charged with first-degree murder and willful injury causing serious injury.

A warrant has been issued for Darius D. Johnson, 21, of Chicago on charges of first-degree murder and willful injury causing serious injury. Police believe Johnson is in the Chicago area.

First-degree murder is punishable by life in prison.

Kohn’s body was found early Saturday in a farm field off Utah Avenue in southwest Davenport. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head, Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer said.

A five-day investigation led police to the Chicago area and the arrest of Loerzel and Hamilton. Schaeffer said a suspicious vehicle factored into the investigation, and police traced the vehicle to two of the suspects.

Scott County District Court records state that Hamilton bonded Kohn out of the Scott County Jail on Dec. 4, two days before police say he was killed.

Although the three suspects are acquainted with one another, they did not have a prior association with Kohn, Schaeffer said.

Police determined that Kohn’s body was in the farm field since early Thursday night, Schaeffer said earlier at a news conference, adding he was killed at the scene.

Although police identify the victim as being from Davenport, Kohn didn’t have a permanent address in town, Schaeffer said.

Schaeffer said some of the information that led detectives to the suspects came from “street people” and local homeless shelters.

“We went to every place a person like this would go,” he said. “Street people were a big help.”

Schaeffer considers the investigation, which is ongoing, a “tough case” and commended Davenport detectives with quickly identifying the suspects and arresting two of them.


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Brian Wellner at 2:15 p.m.

Police have arrested two suspects and are looking for a third in the slaying of Robby Ray Kohn.

Jessica Loerzel, 20, and Barry Hamilton, 20, both of Davenport, were arrested in Chicago and are awaiting extradition back to Scott County. They are charged with first-degree murder and willful injury.

A warrant has been issued for Darius D. Johnson, 21, of Chicago for first-degree murder and willful injury. Police believe Johnson is in the Chicago area.

Kohn’s body was found early Saturday in a farm field off Utah Avenue in southwest Davenport. He was killed at the scene, police said. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head, Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer said.

A five-day investigation led police to the Chicago area and the arrest of Loerzel and Hamilton, Schaeffer said.

The three suspects are acquainted with one another, but they did not know Kohn, 41, prior to the killing, Schaeffer said.

Police determined that Kohn’s body was in the farm field since early Thursday night, Schaeffer said.


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Davenport police launch homicide investigation

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Brian Wellner at 10:42 p.m.

The man whose body was found Saturday in a rural Davenport farm field was killed at the scene, and Davenport police said Tuesday they have launched a homicide investigation.

The driver of a pickup was eluding police when he accidentally ran over the body of Robby Ray Kohn, 41, of Davenport in a farm field off Utah Avenue, south of Telegraph Road, Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer said.

But Kohn was dead at the scene at least 24 hours before the driver ran over the body.

The driver, Chase M. Bromwell, 25, of Davenport, has been charged with operating while intoxicated, first offense. Schaeffer said.

“He brought us to the attention of a homicide,” Schaeffer said.

Police are pursuing suspects in Kohn’s death. He sustained visible trauma, but the department has not released a cause of death. Schaeffer did not release results of an autopsy performed Monday.

Kohn was released from the Scott County Jail on Dec. 4 after posting $200 bond. He was arrested Oct. 31 for public intoxication, third or subsequent offense.

Although police identify him as being from Davenport, Schaeffer said, Kohn didn’t have a permanent address in town. Court records indicate he was homeless.

Schaeffer said he was living an “alternative lifestyle,” including staying in homeless shelters. Drugs and alcohol were part of his lifestyle, Schaeffer added.

Kohn has family not far from the Quad-Cities.

His uncle Lloyd D. Barten, who lives in Miles, Iowa, said Kohn hung out with the “wrong kind of people.”

“He doesn’t come around very often anymore,” Barten said. “I’ve known him since he was a baby. I’ve been thinking about him lately. He’s been living this reckless lifestyle, and it was becoming even more dangerous.”

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