CEDAR FALLS – A December shooting that killed a man in a Cedar Falls apartment started with an attempted robbery, according to court records.
Police have arrested a Cedar Falls man in connection with the botched holdup that killed 24-year-old Grant Thomas Saul on Dec. 4.
Keyon Christian Roby, 18, was arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony. He was also arrested for interference for allegedly fleeing from Waterloo police in connection with a Dec. 6 traffic stop following a separate shooting.
Bond for Roby was set at $185,000.
Court records show police began focusing on Roby shortly after the slaying, and his mother’s home on Neola Street was searched in December.
“The suspects in this homicide investigation were identified quickly in the hours and days following the shooting,” said Craig Berte, acting chief with the Cedar Falls Police Department.
Court records identify Roby as the man who shot Saul, but he hasn’t been charged with Saul’s death.
Berte said the police department decided to charge Roby with conspiracy after consulting with the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office and noted the case is still under investigation.
“Investigators have been working in conjunction with the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies gathering evidence and completing a thorough investigation,” Berte said.
Roby denied any knowledge of the shooting when questioned Wednesday.
Court records indicate Roby had been to the apartment at 112 Main St., over the Los Cabos restaurant, earlier in the day and allegedly returned around 9 p.m. with two others. One of the three was armed with a pistol and herded everyone in the apartment into the living room.
One of the intruders went to the kitchen and started pistol whipping one of the occupants. In response, Saul drew a handgun he had apparently concealed, and the armed intruder fired at least three shots, striking Saul.
The trio then fled the apartment.
Saul was pronounced dead at the scene, and police found spent 9 mm shell casings in the apartment.
Court records indicate surveillance videos recorded images of the three exiting a vehicle before heading to the apartment, and witnesses identified Roby as the gunman.
Roby is also a suspect in other incidents involving firearms in recent months.
At the time of the slaying, Roby had been awaiting trial for a Sept. 22 incident in which police found a loaded .380-caliber Glock handgun in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Waterloo. Officers also found a bag of marijuana in Roby’s pants.
He was arrested for carrying weapons and possession of marijuana, and bond was initially set at $35,000. It was lowered to $10,000 following a hearing, and Roby was released from jail in October pending trial.
On Dec. 6, two days after the Dec. 4 slaying, Roby was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle seen fleeing from a shooting on Columbia Street.
No one was injured, but a house with children inside was hit. Police found more than a dozen spent shell casings at the scene.
A stolen 9 mm SIG-Sauer pistol was tossed during the brief chase, and police arrested two people from the vehicle, charging them in the shooting. Authorities allege Roby was one of two others who ran from the vehicle and disappeared.
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