CEDAR FALLS -- Police have arrested a man in connection with a Jan. 22 robbery at Kay Jewelers, 306 E. Viking Road.

Police Tuesday arrested Carlos Alejandro Roig Gonzalez, 33, 1203 Tremont St. on a complaint of first-degree robbery.

Police said investigators determined Gonzalez had been in the store days earlier. Investigators also found a vehicle matching the description that he drives on surveillance video in the area.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s residence, and evidence from the robbery was found matching witnesses' statements, as well as jewelry.

Gonzales was taken into custody Jan. 23 on a previous unrelated charge of violation of a no-contact order and is being held on that charge in the Black Hawk County Jail pending an initial court appearance on the robbery complaint.

Police had said a robber armed with a knife had entered the jewelry store around 8:20 p.m. Jan. 22 and demanded money and jewelry. Before he fled on foot, he sprayed the workers, police said. Paramedics treated the workers at the scene, but they weren’t transported to the hospital.

Court records show that Gonzalez has had several scrapes with the law within the past year.

On Jan. 1, he allegedly tried to grab his girlfriend by the neck. She hit him in response, and he was arrested for domestic assault, court records state. In the weeks after the assault arrest, police allegedly twice found him breaking the restraining order keeping him from contacting the girlfriend --- on Jan. 10 he was found in a car with her during a traffic stop near his home, and on Jan. 23, the day following the jewelry store robbery, officers saw them enter the home together, records state.

Loss prevention officers at Walmart on Brandilynn Boulevard caught him removing two Roku devices and a power cord inverter from their packaging last July 6, and he was arrested for misdemeanor theft.

On July 12 he allegedly pumped $27 worth of gas at the Music Station and drove off without paying, and the following day police found three prescription trazodone pills in his pocket when he was booked at the jail.

Staff writer Jeff Reinitz contributed to this article.


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