The Marshalltown SWAT team and K-9 unit executed a search warrant early Tuesday that led to the arrest of the
final suspect wanted for two home robberies.
Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said police contacted the owners of 10 1/2 W. Grant St. and obtained their permission to search the home for Julian Estrada, 27, of Marshalltown. Upon execution of the warrant, police discovered Estrada hiding in the home and arrested him for his involvement in two robberies in late March.
"Due to the potential for violence and that sort of thing, we made contact with the owners and negotiated," Hanken said.
Police had already arrested two other suspects - Adam Leiva, 21, and James Dolan Jr., 45, of Marshalltown - shortly after the second of two robberies March 31. Leiva, Estrada, and Estrada's girlfriend, Victoria Martin, 26, face first-degree robbery charges.
The first robbery took place March 29 at a home on the 10 block of East Grant Street. During that robbery, Leiva and Estrada entered the home of an acquaintance. Unbeknownst to the victim, the men intended on robbing him, Hanken said.
"It wasn't until they were inside the home that things turned," Hanken said.
The two men allegedly assaulted the tenant, striking him in the hand with a pool cue and burning him with a cigarette lighter. The victim was able to distract the men, and call police, but Leiva and Estrada made off with an assortment of his property including a cell phone, jewelry and some cash.
Leiva and Estrada fled the scene before police could arrive.
Two days prior, on March 27, Leiva and Estrada broke into another home in the same neighborhood and stole a TV and a stereo. Those items would be catalysts for the second robbery on March 31.
Just after midnight on March 31, Leiva and Estrada visited Dolan's home on the 100 block of North Eighth Street. There, they attempted to sell the stolen TV and stereo to the residents - two men and two women. One of the victims was Dolan's daughter. When the victims refused to purchase the stereo and TV, the men allegedly prevented anyone from leaving the house, saying "you are going to pay for the time you wasted," according the police report.
The men then put one of the male victims in a choke hold then kicked him several times, Hanken said. One of the women tried to intervene, and the men punched her and the other man in the face.
None of the victims in either robbery needed medical attention.
"These guys have been on a rampage," Hanken said.
Leiva and Estrada then left Dolan's home, and the victims fled to a home on the 1900 block of Summit Street where they called police. According to the police reports, Dolan followed the victims to the Summit Street address and threatened to kill them with a meat hook.
Later in the morning of the 31st, police executed search warrants of Leiva's home at 108 1/2 South Third St., recovering the stolen stereo. Not long after, they stopped Dolan while he was leaving his home. They arrested both of the men.
Police held off releasing information about the robberies until they had Estrada in custody. The search of the home where Estrada was hiding turned up the stolen TV.
Estrada faces two counts of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, willful injury, a Class C felony, false imprisonment, a serious misdemeanor, and violating his probation for previous drug and assault charges. He is being held at the Marshall County Jail pending his initial appearance Wednesday.
In addition to his first-degree robbery charge, Leiva also stands accused second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, second-degree theft, a Class D felony, false imprisonment and serious assault, a serious misdemeanor. He is also being held at the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.
Dolan is being housed at the Marshall County Jail on two count of first-degree harassment, aggravated misdemeanors.
Martin made her initial appearance Thursday for first-degree robbery, which police charged her with first-degree robbery for allegedly having knowledge of March 31 robbery but having done nothing to stop it. The court appointed her a public defender and issued no-contact orders for the protected parties involved in the March 31 robbery. Martin's preliminary hearing is set for April 19. Her bond is set at $50,000 cash.