Two Quad-City men have been federally indicted for allegedly committing five armed robberies and an armed carjacking between July and October of 2020.
Emmanuel Lance Howard, 21, of Davenport and Evander Allen Jordan, 37, of Rock Island robbed five local businesses while showing a gun, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of Iowa.
The businesses robbed were Little Caesers Pizza, Midwest Title Loans, Papa John's Pizza, Pawn King and Domino's Pizza. They also stole a car while showing a gun, the release states.
During the Domino's Pizza robbery the gun reportedly was discharged.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment on Sept. 21, and it was unsealed Thursday after Howard and Jordan were arrested.
Howard was arrested in San Antonio and Jordan was arrested in Davenport. They are both in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. A trial is scheduled for Dec. 6, 2021.
Howard and Jordan face a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison if convicted.
The investigation was conducted by several agencies, including the Rock Island Police Department, the Moline Police Department, the Davenport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Howard is also wanted in Scott County after he failed to appear in Scott County District Court for a hearing June 11 on charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Officer Brandon Askew in that case, at 3:48 p.m. Jan. 24, officers responded to a shooting at West 12th and Harrison streets.
In that shooting, Howard allegedly shot at another vehicle multiple times. The vehicle was occupied by two people. One of the victims suffered a gunshot wound to his upper right shoulder, while the second person was injured by glass from the windshield being shot.
Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
On Jan. 30, Rock Island Police arrested Howard on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A test of the gun seized from Howard in that incident indicated it was the same weapon used in the Jan. 24 shooting in Davenport.
A status hearing in the Rock Island case is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Howard was convicted in 2018 in Muscatine County on a charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.
Jordan already has served time in federal prison. Jordan and another man, Christopher Scott Myles, robbed the DHCU Community Credit Union on June 23, 2008, in Milan. Myles was sentenced to seven years and four months in federal prison.