Court Docs: Duo investigated for robbery spree

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 18:40:36-04

Two Council Bluffs armed robbery suspects find themselves in more hot water since they're now being looked at for half a dozen hold-ups in July.

The Council Bluffs Police Dept. write up arrest warrants in late July for Kyntral Watkins, 19, and Kayvon Berry-Smith, 20, who are both quickly put behind bars.

They allegedly held up the Bucky's on Madison Ave. by the Mall of the Bluffs and shot at the clerk before leaving; only missing them by a foot or two.  

CBPD Detective Mike Roberts said it was important to get them off the streets quick.

"Any armed robbery it can be very dangerous you don't know what these suspects might do.  If they're just in there to get money and leave or if they're in there to prove they're serious by firing these rounds off,” Det. Roberts explained.

New court documents reveal investigators believe the men pulled off six armed robberies in a two week span including the Council Bluffs Bucky’s robbery, an armed robbery at the Kwik Shop on Galvin Rd. in Bellevue, the Bucky’s at 72nd and Harrison St. in La Vista, the McDonald’s at I-80 and 144th St. in Sarpy County, the Bucky’s at 40th & Dodge St. in Omaha, and another in Omaha.  All occurred between July 1st-12th.

Papers indicate the suspects wore similar clothing in each one, and even admitted to people they were behind them.

Det. Roberts says he spoke with the lead detective with the Lincoln Police Dept. because their fatal gas station robbery happened during the same time span.  LPD released video of the suspect last week.

"Right now we don't believe that either of the suspects that we believe committed the robbery (in Council Bluffs) were involved in that one in Lincoln," Det. Roberts described.

Detectives have collected evidence to aid in the prosecution of these suspects, but neither have been charged in Nebraska yet.

Watkins is currently with the Nebraska Dept. of Corrections for violating a burglary conviction.  He was released for that crime earlier this year.

Berry-Smith will be extradited from Sarpy County to Pottawattamie County soon.  Both men have been charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery, Assault, and Armed with Intent.

Justice Paulson, an acquaintance of the suspects, has been charged with burglary and another felony in connection to the crime spree.