ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – A federal grand jury issued an indictment on September 21, 2021, which was unsealed today following the arrests and initial court appearances of two Quad City men for allegedly committing five armed robberies and one armed carjacking between July and October of 2020.
The indictment alleges that Emmanuel Lance Howard, 21, of Davenport, Iowa, and Evander Allen Jordan, 37, of Rock Island, Illinois, robbed five local businesses while brandishing a gun. The companies listed in the indictment include Little Caesar’s Pizza, Midwest Title Loans, Papa John’s Pizza, Pawn King and Domino’s Pizza. In addition to the five armed robberies, the indictment alleges that Howard and Jordan committed carjacking, also by brandishing a gun.
The indictment further alleges that a firearm was discharged during the robbery of Domino’s Pizza.
Howard was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and Jordan was arrested in Davenport, Iowa. Howard and Jordan both remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending trial on December 6, 2021.
If found guilty, Howard and Jordan each face a maximum legal sentence of up to life imprisonment.
Agencies participating in the investigation include the Rock Island Police Department, the Moline Police Department, the Davenport Police Department and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau. Deputy US prosecutors Alyssa Raya and Jennifer Mathew represent the government in the prosecutions.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is only an accusation; the accused are presumed innocent unless their guilt is proven.