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Iowa City Officers recognized for stopping armed robbery

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Three Iowa City police officers are being honored for their roles in stopping an armed robbery.

The city acknowledged the outstanding work of officers Andrew ("Andy") Rich, Paul Batcheller, and Matt Hansen in a special ceremony Monday.

Iowa City had seen multiple armed robberies in the summer and fall of 2008. On Nov. 8, Street Crimes Action Team officers Batcheller and Hansen observed a suspicious vehicle traveling in the Iowa City area. While in an unmarked unit, they began to follow the vehicle to determine who its occupants were and what they were doing.

Noticing that the vehicle had a broken tail light, they asked for Officer Rich, a uniformed patrol officer, to assist them in making a traffic stop. While Officer Rich was responding, the suspicious vehicle made its way to Gasby's at 1310 S. Gilbert St. The occupants parked their vehicle in a dark alley next to the convenience store and entered the store.

Officers Batcheller and Hansen examined the unattended vehicle and found that the car keys had been left behind. They began to suspect that a robbery of the store was going to occur. During this time, Officer Rich arrived at the store and observed that the clerk was being robbed at knife point by the occupants of the vehicle.

Believing that the clerk's life was in danger, Officer Rich entered the store with a drawn sidearm. The robbery was thwarted when one suspect, Frederick Reid, surrendered to Officer Rich. The second suspect, Ahkinea Cox, ran from the store but was caught a short distance away by Officers Batcheller and Hansen.

Officers Batcheller and Hansen were each recognized with a Letter of Commendation.

Officer Rich was awarded the Commendation of Distinguished Service. He is the first recipient of this award that was established September 18, 2006.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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