ROBBERY TURNS DEADLY INSIDE AN IOWA GARAGE AND POLICE SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER

iowa man charged with murder
Source: Waterloo Police Department; Mega

Mar. 18 2021, Published 11:28 a.m. ET

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A robbery inside an Iowa garage turned deadly over the summer, and seven months later police say they have charged the alleged shooter with murder.

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In August 2020, Waterloo Police and Fire were dispatched to a home after a shooting was reported. When police arrived, they discovered Vincent J. Hemenway, 49, suffered a gunshot wound. Hemenway was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

An autopsy was conducted, which ruled Hemenway’s cause of death to be a homicide, according to authorities.

Waterloo Police spoke with witnesses and were told that two males wearing masks approached the garage where Hemenway and other witnesses stood. One of the men tried to take items from Hemenway, according to police.

Hemenway resisted and that is when one of the men took out a gun and fired several shots at the people standing in the garage, according to police. Officers recovered a gun and cell phone that they believe is associated with this incident.

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Through this investigation, the Waterloo Police charged Ralpheal R. Williams, 29, and Ana H. Berinobis-McLemore, 24, with first-degree robbery back in August 2020.

This week, Waterloo police announced they charged Robert Lee Williams Jr., 31, with first-degree murder for Hemmenway's murder. He was served the murder warrants while being held on other charges related to an incident just weeks before the deadly robbery. 

Williams was charged with shooting Tony Campbell in July 2020, according to media reports. He was facing charges of possession of firearm as a felon, willful injury and attempted murder in connection to the July incident. 

Williams is being held in Black Hawk County jail. 

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