Davenport man faces up to 30 years for robbery, shooting

A Davenport man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 30 years in prison in connection with a robbery and shooting in December. 

Jovonta E. Litt, 24, pleaded guilty last month to willful injury resulting in serious injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm or offensive weapon as a felon and going armed with intent.

During a hearing Wednesday, District Court Judge John Telleen sentenced Litt to up to 10 years each on the willful injury and intimidation charge and up to five years each on the remaining charges.

He ordered that the sentences be served back-to-back for a total of up to 30 years.

In exchange for Litt’s plea, Scott County prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree robbery.

The robbery and shooting occurred at 7:06 p.m. Dec. 1 at GD Xpress, 4607 N. Pine St.

According to police, Litt and co-defendant Nakia Ivy, 20, arranged to meet to buy drugs from the man and others.

While there, Litt brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. He then fired the handgun two times, striking the man in the upper back, causing a broken rib, according to police.

The man was taken to Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport, in a private vehicle, according to police.

Ivy was charged with first-degree robbery, willful injury resulting in serious injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. She has a final pretrial conference June 21.

Litt was charged in July with willful injury causing serious injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon after police say he shot a man in June. Prosecutors dismissed the charges in October after the victim recanted identification of Litt as the person who shot him, according to court documents.

He was convicted of second-degree burglary in 2010 and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

— Tara Becker

Brady Street block to be closed today

The city of Davenport reports that Brady Street will be closed to traffic today between 2nd and 3rd streets for water main and line repairs.

Crews anticipate repairs will be completed by the end of the day.

The water main will be shut down during this time. IowaAmerican Water is notifying affected property owners.

Drivers can access the River Center Parking Ramp from 2nd Street.

— Times staff


Moline police ask public's help in identifying robbery suspect

Moline police are asking the public’s help in identifying a woman who robbed another woman outside of the Genesis Medical Health Complex on Wednesday.

Moline Police Detective Scott Williams said that at about 2:11 p.m., a woman leaving the Genesis Medical complex, located at 3900 28th Ave., was followed by another woman.

When the victim reached her vehicle, the other woman ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries, Williams said.

The suspect is described as a white woman wearing a pink sweater. The suspect left with the purse in an SUV believed to be a newer Ford Escape. 

Anyone who can identify the woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Quad-City Area at 309-762-8613 and leave an anonymous tip. Crimes Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

--Thomas Geyer