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UPDATE: 18-year-old suspect in Kennedy High School robbery identified

UPDATE: The suspect arrested in connection to a robbery in the Kennedy High School parking lot on Monday has been identified as 18-year-old Jovon Tyshon Ellis, Jr. Ellis was taken into custody at a home in the 4400 block of White Pine Drive NE Tuesday night on charges of 1st Degree Robbery.


UPDATE: The Cedar Rapids Police have announced that an 18-year-old male suspect is in custody for yesterday's robbery at the Kennedy High School south parking lot.

Police have been actively working this case since notification of the robbery had happened.

Cedar Rapids Police have stated that more information, including the suspect's name and charges, will be posted tomorrow.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — The Cedar Rapids Police Department School Resource Officer at Kennedy High School was alerted of an armed robbery. The robbery happened in the south parking lot of the school at 3:34 p.m. today (January 27th, 2020).

A female student (18-year old) was approached near her car in the parking lot by a younger black male wearing a black zippered hoodie, black jeans, medium length coat, black boots and a black baseball cap with a gray bill.

The suspect showed a handgun and robbed the victim of her mobile phone. The victim was unharmed. The suspected robber left the high school parking lot on foot.

Based on the beginning investigation, including security camera reviews, it appears the suspect headed to Kennedy High School on foot from the east close to Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. The suspect was in the south parking lot and approached the victim who was alone.

Anyone with information is urged to reach out to the Cedar Rapids Police at 319-286-5491.

The Police Department has been working with Cedar Rapids Community Schools to inform students and staff at Kennedy High School of this incident. The Police Department will have a larger police presence at the school.

The Cedar Rapids Police also recommended students and staff walk to their vehicles in pairs or small groups. Also, suspicious activity should should be reported to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Stay updated with KWWL during this ongoing investigation.

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