2 sentenced in weapons cases

Two convicted Davenport felons have been sentenced to federal prison in separate weapons possession cases.

During a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court, Davenport, Damarcis Latrell March Jr., 20, was sentenced to 45 months, or three years and nine months, in prison after pleading guilty in October to possessing a loaded Haskell Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun.

March’s sentence will run consecutively, or back-to-back, with a five-year prison sentence he is serving in Illinois’ Dixon Correctional Center on a 2015 attempted armed robbery conviction out of Rock Island County. 

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, March is expected to be paroled Nov. 6. He then will be taken into federal custody to serve the sentence on the weapons conviction.

Cody Lee Motz, 26, was sentenced to 70 months, or five years and 10 months, during a hearing Thursday, also held in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

In November, Motz admitted he possessed a Lorcin Model L22 handgun that Scott County investigators seized from his home during a drug investigation.

Motz was one of 46 people arrested between August 2015 and February 2016 in an investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office known as Operation Methed Up. The state charges against Motz were dropped after federal authorities filed the weapons charge.

In May 2013, Motz pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to a charge of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony under Iowa law.

Under federal law, anyone who has been convicted of a felony is barred from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Accused carjacker arrested in Iowa City

A multi-state manhunt for an accused carjacker ended peacefully Wednesday in Iowa City.

A team of law enforcement officers, led by U.S. Marshals from Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, arrested a Mississippi man without incident as he was standing outside an Iowa City department store, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Office.

Omar Christolis Bankhead, 24, was wanted by the Clinton, Mississippi, Police Department after he was accused of carjacking a Mississippi College student at gunpoint in a campus parking garage on April 2.

Security camera footage and the public’s assistance enabled police to identify Bankhead as the suspect.

Police obtained a warrant for Bankhead’s arrest on April 4. But by that time, authorities had received information that Bankhead may have left the state.

On April 6, a white 2015 Kia Optima — the same vehicle Bankhead is accused of carjacking in Mississippi — was found in Moline by Moline police officers. Bankhead was not with the vehicle.

On Wednesday, law enforcement officials developed information that Bankhead was possibly staying near the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

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Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, officers spotted Bankhead outside a department store at 919 Highway 1 West in Iowa City. Officers arrested him without incident.

Bankhead was transported to the Johnson County Jail in Iowa City where he is awaiting extradition proceedings back to Mississippi.

— Times staff

Shots-fired incident reported in Moline

Moline police are looking for a green or black Oldsmobile  after a shots fired incident Thursday night.

The incident occurred in the are of the 1400 block of 27th Street.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers of the Quad-Cities at 762-9500.

— Times staff

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