Iowa City man accused of threatening Hills Bank employee 

Matthew Ring

Rin Swann, News Reporter

An Iowa City man has been accused of attempting to rob Hills Bank after hours. 

Jonathan St. John, 22, address unknown, was charged March 19 with two counts of first-degree harassment, trespassing, and second-degree robbery. 

According to the arrest affidavit, St. John aggressively knocked on the locked Hills Bank door at the Old Capitol Mall. When the staff inside told him the bank was closed, he told the employee to “give me my money.” 

The employee told St. John again that the bank was closed, the affidavit said. He threatened to shoot her if she did not give him his money and placed his hand in his pocket. He proceeded to make a gun gesture at the employee, saying “bang, bang.” 

The employee stated that she feared for her life and believed he was reaching for a handgun, the affidavit said. 

St. John had previously been warned about trespassing at Hills Bank. 

Second-degree robbery is a Class-C felony.

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