Multiple area law agencies collaborated in catching a would be bank robber this morning whose robbery of Hills Bank and subsequent flight on motorcycle at several Iowa City School District schools.
In a media release sent out Monday night, police say that after an involved chase they captured Eric Martin, 34, of Davenport and charged him with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm as a felon, interference with official acts with a weapon (a felony), carrying weapons and eluding.
According to the release:
It all reportedly started at 9:32 a.m. this morning, when authorities received a call that a man dressed in dark clothes had entered into and robbed it with a handgun before fleeing on motorcycle.
Two Johnson County deputies happened to be nearby and pursued the man in dark clothes as they saw him drive by. Every law enforcement agency in the area, including the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa City Police then established a containment perimeter. Nearby schools Horn and Roosevelt Elementary were advised to lockdown, and the Iowa City School District locked down several other schools in the area.
A designated contact team entered the containment area and located the suspect, allegedly Martin, in a wooded area at the 1100 BLOCK of Weeber Circle. Once he realized he was spotted, the man fled again on his motorcycle with officers in pursuit.
Soon after, the man's motorcycle was involved in a collision with an Iowa City Police squad car disabling the motorcycle. The man attempted to run on foot but was apprehended not long after at the 1900 BLOCK of Woodbury Court, struggling briefly against officers before being apprehended.
No bank employees or other civilians were hurt during the incident. Two Iowa City Police Officers suffered minor injuries while taking subduing Martin, according to the release.
Anyone with more information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers with tips at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential and the caller's identity does not need to be revealed to collect a reward.