Five Davenport men charged in March armed robbery

Originally Posted Online: April 23, 2014, 5:42 pm
Last Updated: April 23, 2014, 10:35 pm
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By Rachel Warmke,

Five Davenport men are charged in connection with a robbery at gunpoint last month.

Police say, around 10:20 p.m. on March 24, Dean M. Porter, 27; Hunter Robert Jones IV, 18; Montro E. Howard Jr., 24; Rayshawn Donnell Cole, 22; and Willie Ray McNeal III, 21, showed up at an apartment in the 1100 block of Arlington Ave.,, Davenport, with the intent to commit theft.

A semi-automatic pistol was held to the head of an apartment occupant who answered the door, a police affidavit says. Once inside, the men allegedly forced other occupants to the ground at gunpoint, demanding to know the location of the apartment's safe and valuables.

According to the affidavit, the defendants "stole several video games and other property while holding residents at gunpoint and threatening to kill the residents if they contacted the police."

The defendants fled, although Mr. McNeal and Mr. Cole were captured later that night, after being pulled over in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Court documents said Mr. Porter jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, at one point falling and dropping a stolen semi-automatic pistol police believe was used during the robbery.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Howard were booked into the Scott County Jail March 27, followed by Mr. Porter's arrest on April 1.

An arrest affidavit indicates one of the defendants had been in the residence prior to the burglary and sent text messages to his co-defendants informing them of the number of people inside and whether certain doors were locked.

Each defendant is charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and a drug tax stamp violation, according to records.

Mr. Porter also faces felony counts for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for trafficking in stolen weapons.

Prosecutors filed an additional misdemeanor drug possession charge against Mr. Cole, who allegedly was found with a baggie of marijuana in his groin area during a pat-down search at the Scott County Jail.

On Wednesday, four defendants were held in the Scott County Jail on cash-only bonds - Mr. Porter on $50,000; Mr. Jones on $30,000; Mr. Cole on a combined $22,500; and Mr. McNeal on $7,500.

Mr. Howard posted a $2,500 cash bond on April 2 and was released from jail.


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