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Charges filed in two unrelated robberies

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It was busy morning for Waterloo Police, as they investigated two unrelated robberies within blocks of each other.

It all starting Friday morning when Marcus Bell, 16, made arrangements to buy prescription drugs in a car on Mulberry from a 17-year-old girl.

During the deal, Bell pointed a gun in the girl's face and refused to pay.

That's when Bell got out of the car, the girl started driving away, and Bell shot at the car twice.

Hours later, it was a dark scene as the Waterloo Police Tactical Team arrested Marcus Bell, and Antonio Tate, 34, for an unrelated warrant at a Linden Street home.

Bell was charged with robbery and intimidation and was then taken into custody.

Nearly an hour later and a few blocks away on Franklin Street, a similar crime was reported.

"I just heard a bunch of screaming and hollering. I heard a pop and a car leave, and all of sudden cops were all around," witness Carol Billman said.

Carol was visiting her family from Tennessee, and she said she's concerned for her family's safety.

"It was scary with my grand-daughter here," Billman said.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time they've experienced problems with this home on the 1600 block of Franklin.

Some weeks ago, after hearing gunshots, they say police had to come out and check their siding to see if there were in bullet holes in the sides of their homes.

"That was scary. I heard the gunshots, I was upstairs in my bedroom at the time. It was like 7 or 8 o'clock. It wasn't really late. I ducked, because you never know," neighbor, Kathy Suhr said.

Kathy said she sees a lot of people coming and going from the 1600 block home.

She said it's mostly people in their twenties.

"I've lived here for 30-some years, and I haven't had so much excitement," Suhr said.

Michael Alexander, 25, and Joseph Lobato, 26, were arrested in connection to the crime for Possession of a Firearm as a felon and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

During the incident, the two suspects were armed with semi-automatic handguns, demanded items from the victims in the home, and then one of the suspects hit two of the victims with the gun which caused it to discharge.

A third person was detained at the scene of the crime, but no charged were filed.

The case remains under investigation.

At last word, Waterloo Police say they believe all the people involved in both incidents were located, and authorities are not looking for any others involved.


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