Authorities have arrested five people in connection to a string of armed robberies in Sioux City. Police say the arrests are connected to the shooting of a Sioux City Police officer on Sunday.
According to court documents, 20-year-old Robert Seaberry, 19-year-old Justin Ferguson, 17-year-old Macayla Knight, 16-year-old Jamaal Ferguson, and 16-year-old Austin Bulizak were all taken into custody on Sunday in connection to several incidents in the past two weeks where people were robbed at gunpoint.
The first incident happened on January 29th, when Bulizak, Jamaal Ferguson, and another subject broke into a home in the 3300 block of Pierce street with the intent to steal guns. While inside the residence, they were confronted by the homeowner and forced him at gunpoint to open his safe. One of the three pistol whipped the victim, causing his eye to swell shut. The three stole the victim’s wallet as well as a shotgun before fleeing the scene.
Authorities say the next incident was the home invasion that took place on February 2nd at a residence near Morningside College. During that incident documents say that Bulizak, Seaberry, Justin Ferguson and another individual entered the residence and held the occupants at gunpoint and stole marijuana and other items. No one was injured during that incident.
A few days later on February 5th, Police say that Bulizak, Seaberry, Jamaal and Justin Ferguson went to a home in the 4500 block of Polk Street with two other individuals with the intent to steal guns. Documents say that they were able to pry the door open with a crowbar. While inside, the homeowner returned and one of them shot out a window to a back door to escape and while running away, fired a shot at a female homeowner.
The next day, on February 6th, Authorities say that Bulizak, Seaberry, Jamaal Ferguson and Knight conspired to rob a man at the apartment complex where Sunday night’s shooting took place. During that incident authorities say that Knight contacted the victim and asked him to meet her at the Valley Park Apartments with the intention of having four of her friends rob her. Knight told authorities that she setup the victim because he supposedly owed her $150 for marijuana. When the suspect arrived, he was robbed by Bulizak, Seaberry, Jamaal Ferguson and another individual who were armed with pistols and a sawed off shotgun. Court documents say that they forced the victim to the ground and stole his wallet, phone and car keys.
The five individuals are facing the following charges:
Robert Seaberry- Three Counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Currently being held on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 18th.
Justin Ferguson- Two Counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Currently being held on a $50,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 18th.
Macayla Knight- One Count of 1st Degree Robbery. Currently being held on a $25,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for February 18th.
Jamaal Ferguson- Three Counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Currently being held on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 18th.
Austin Bulizak- Four Counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Currently being held on a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 18th.
1st Degree Robbery is a Class B Felony in the state of Iowa and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
The Sioux City Police Department is holding a press conference on Tuesday to release more details on Sunday morning’s shooting. We’ll have more details coming up tonight at 5, 6 and 10.