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Updated: Davenport police arrest 2 in armed robbery of pizza delivery driver
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Updated: Davenport police arrest 2 in armed robbery of pizza delivery driver

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Davenport police have arrested two Rock Island men in connection with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver Thursday night.

Irankunda Etienne, 20, of 1114 15 Ave., and Jermonni Parks, 18, of 3162 9th St., are charged with one count each of first-degree robbery.

The charge is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries an automatic prison sentence of 25 years, 70%, or 17 1/2 years, of which must be served before parole can be granted. 

Parks also was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, as well as eluding.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police officer Murphy Simms, at 7:54 p.m. officers were sent to the area of 225 W. 16th Street to investigate the armed robbery of a Pizza Hut delivery driver. 

At least one of the men at the scene of the robbery put a pistol to the victim's chest and took the driver's wallet that contained his bank cards, and $450 in cash along with several Pizza Hut receipts. 

The men then south through an alley to a Toyota Camry being driven by Parks. 

Officers saw the car traveling south in the 500 block of Main Street minutes after the call. When officers tried to stop the vehicle in the 400 block of 7th Street, Parks drove away. 

After a short pursuit, a Davenport Police officer used his squad to bring the Camry to a halt using a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or PIT maneuver.

An officer saw someone from the fleeing vehicle throw a weapon from the car. 

Police detained two people from the vehicle, one being Parks. 

Two other men fled the car. One of those men, Etienne, was found hiding under a car in the parking lot of the Vera French Community Health Center at 808 Harrison St. The parking lot faces 8th Street. 

That man, Etienne, tried to tell officers he had been sleeping underneath the vehicle. During a search, officers found several Pizza Hut receipts in his pockets. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

Etienne and Parks are being held in the Scott County Jail, each on a $100,000 cash-only bond. 

The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500. Tips can also be made via the “P3 Tips” mobile app or online at “qccrimestoppers.com”

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