IOWA CITY– Iowa City Police have made the first arrest in regards to the robbery of American Bank and Trust, 551 Westbury Dr.
Early in the investigation, Charles Sila Curry of North Liberty was identified by police as a suspect. Curry appeared in bank surveillance video and was recognized by police officers familiar with him from previous contacts. Immediately prior to the actual robbery, Curry entered the bank, engaged a teller in a brief conversation, and then left. A second black male then entered the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. After fleeing the bank with the stolen money, the armed robber was seen leaving the area in a gold-colored vehicle with two other black males.
Later that same day, Curry used some of the serialized money taken during the bank robbery to post a personal bond at the Johnson County Jail. Curry and others also used additional serialized money to purchase items at several Coralville businesses: Gordmans, Hat World, and the Wal-Mart Super Center.
On July 20 at 7:15 p.m., officers made contact with Curry at his residence. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Johnson County Jail. Money taken during the robbery was recovered from the various stores, from Curry’s person, and from his residence.
The investigation continues and no additional information is being released at this time.
Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of additional suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.