WATERLOO – A Waterloo teen who is awaiting trial for allegedly shooting at a house in January and carrying a stolen gun in August has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery.
Acting on a tip, Waterloo police arrested Dijonis Deontray Brown, 18, of 154 Argyle St., on Saturday after they stopped a Dolly's Party Bus he was riding in on Highway 20 on warrants for first-degree robbery and missing court dates for his shooting and firearm charges.
Police also found two handguns on the bus but could not say if they belonged to Brown.
Brown is in the Black Hawk County Jail, and his bond was set at $375,000.
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The new charges stem from the Oct. 3 holdup of a Waterloo man outside the Hy-Vee gas station on Logan Avenue. According to court records, a female accomplice had arranged to sell used cell phones to the victim, and when they met, Brown was carrying a gun and took a waist pouch containing a large amount of cash from the victim and left.
Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and found money, but Brown, who was a passenger, was released at the time, court records state. The alleged accomplice, 21-year-old LaDajia Rayarra Elaine Greer, who was driving, was later arrested, and police found information on her phone that connected Brown to the robbery, records state.
Authorities said Brown and another person were involved in a Jan. 18 shooting that damaged a home in the 700 block of Logan Avenue, and he was charged in the shooting in July. Then in August, while out on pre-trial release, police tried to stop him while he was riding his bicycle. He fled allegedly threw a stolen .45-caliber handgun that was then recovered by officers.
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Trial in the shooting and firearm cases had been scheduled to begin last Tuesday, but Brown missed pre-trial conferences on Nov. 3, court records state.