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DeKalb police arrest robbery suspect in Iowa

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 2:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 11:25 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – A man suspected of robbing a DeKalb gas station this week has been arrested in Iowa, DeKalb police said Friday.

Lutha T. Wallace, 20, of the 1100 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Iowa City, Iowa, was charged with armed robbery and aggravated robbery in connection with the Tuesday robbery of the Shell gas station at 308 Seventh St.

Wallace could face as many as 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, armed robbery.

A warrant was issued for Wallace’s arrest Thursday, police said. DeKalb police officers learned that Wallace had fled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the robbery, according to the news release.

DeKalb detectives met with police in Cedar Rapids, where they found and arrested Wallace.

Police said a masked man armed with a handgun entered the gas station Tuesday, jumped over the cashier’s counter and demanded money. After taking the money, the man ran off.

The investigation drew upon evidence obtained from the scene, including a surveillance recording of the event and assistance from the community, police said.

Evidence including Wallace’s clothing and a gun was recovered during the investigation.

A $750,000 bond was set for Wallace, who is still in Iowa. Police said he will be extradited to Illinois soon.

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