ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 21, 2021, that was unsealed today following the arrests and initial court appearances of two Quad City men for allegedly committing five armed robberies and an 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, all while brandishing a firearm. The businesses 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 Howard and Jordan committed a carjacking, also while brandishing a firearm.
The indictment further alleges that a firearm was discharged during the Domino’s Pizza robbery.
Howard was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and Jordan was arrested in Davenport, Iowa. Both Howard and Jordan remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending a December 6, 2021 trial.
If convicted, Howard and Jordan each face a maximum statutory penalty 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alyssa Raya and Jennifer Mathew are representing the government in the prosecution.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Central District of Illinois