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Former Carroll woman arrested for armed robberies

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Lauvette Sharda Gentry

A 28-year-old former Carroll woman was arrested this week for a pair of armed robberies of a Pizza Hut delivery man and a taxi driver in eastern Iowa in 2017.

Lauvette Sharda Gentry faces up to 25 years in prison for each of the robberies and also has a pending criminal charge for driving while high, according to court records.

The first robbery was reported Sept. 29, 2017 in Coralville by a man who delivered pizza and wings to Gentry and someone else about 11:40 p.m., court records show. The other alleged robber — who is not identified in the criminal complaints against Gentry — pointed a pistol at the delivery man, who resisted.

Gentry also was armed with a pistol and pulled the man into a vacant apartment, where he was struck on the head with a pistol.

Gentry and her accomplice “then ordered the victim to take off his clothes and then stole the victim’s clothing, wallet, phone, eyeglasses and the food that was being delivered,” court records show.

Gentry also is accused of, about two weeks later, being the getaway driver for two men who robbed a cab driver after midnight on Oct. 12, 2017. One of the men put a handgun to the head of the driver, who crashed the taxicab into a fire hydrant and tried to run away but was apprehended at gunpoint by the two robbers, who took his money.

Investigators were able to identify the robbers through phone records and surveillance recordings from a convenience store, court records show.

One of the robbers, Michael Alexander Hobbs, 28, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty to a felony robbery charge and was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. His alleged accomplice, Landon Martinez Snerling, 30, of Cedar Rapids, faces up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted of his felony robbery and weapons charges. His trial is set for March.

A warrant for Gentry’s arrest for the robberies was issued about a year after the crimes in October 2018, and she was arrested by a deputy sheriff Tuesday, court records show. Gentry is held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Gentry was arrested in Carroll in 2017 for driving with a suspended license. Court records from 2018 say Gentry lived in Carroll.

Gentry wrote in her request for a court-appointed attorney that she now lives with her three children in Gary, Indiana, which is part of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Gentry also faces a criminal charge from 2017 for driving a vehicle under the influence of marijuana in Coralville. A police officer stopped her for not having a front license plate and noticed her bloodshot eyes and the smell of the drug in the vehicle, court records show.

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