DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Louis Warren, Jr., age 28, and John Louis Hodges, age 32, both formerly of Davenport, Iowa, were sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner for attempted interference with commerce by robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Warren was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, and Hodges was sentenced to 192 months imprisonment. Both were also ordered to serve three years supervised release following the imprisonment, pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund, and pay monetary restitution to the family of Demetrius Lewis, Jr., who was killed during the robbery.
In October 2011, Warren, Hodges, and Arthur Allen, Jr. planned a robbery of money, marijuana, and other items of value from Alexander Hubbard, Sr. on West 17th Street in Davenport, Iowa. In preparation for the planned robbery, the conspirators obtained two handguns for use in the robbery, including a 9mm handgun.
On October 17, 2011, as Warren, Hodges, and Allen had agreed to set-up the robbery, Hodges called Hubbard asking if he could visit Hubbard at his residence in order to buy marijuana from him, and Hubbard agreed. Hodges, Warren, and Allen then all traveled to Hubbard’s residence in a vehicle driven by Hodges, arriving at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon. Hodges was permitted access into Hubbard’s residence, where Hodges made a purchase of marijuana from Hubbard. Also inside Hubbard’s residence were three of Hubbard’s relatives who were all playing video games in the living room—20-year old Demetrius Lewis, Jr., who was Hubbard’s younger cousin, Hubbard’s then 11-year old son, and another cousin of Hubbard’s, then 18.
Upon exiting Hubbard’s residence, Hodges left the entry door to the residence open and alerted Warren and Allen—who were waiting just outside Hubbard’s residence—that Hubbard was in his residence and conducting marijuana sales. Allen and Warren then burst into Hubbard’s residence to complete the robbery. Both Allen and Warren were armed with loaded handguns. After the intruders entered the residence, multiple shots were fired. Demetrius Lewis, Jr. sustained a single 9mm gunshot wound to the abdomen. Hubbard, who upon hearing the invasion into his residence retrieved his .40 caliber handgun and fired at an intruder. Warren was struck in the abdomen with a shot fired by Hubbard. Warren and Allen ran out of the residence and fled on foot through the neighborhood. Upon locating Hodges, Allen and Warren jumped into Haye’s vehicle. Hodges dropped Warren off near Genesis West Hospital in Davenport; he was treated there for a non-life threatening wound and released.
At 12:44 p.m. on October of 2011, a 911 call was received and emergency responders dispatched to the scene of the shooting. Demetrius Lewis, Jr. was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
Co-defendant Arthur Allen, Jr. has pled guilty to attempted interference with commerce by robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief Judge Gritzner on November 20, 2014. Hubbard pled guilty in 2012 to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment.
This case was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.