Police Sort Through Metro Robbery Blitz

Matthew Koval says his gun isn’t real. Police believe he used it in more than a half-dozen robberies around the metro and the gun looked real to the victims in the stores during the hold-ups.

Nicholas Schwenk saw it while he was working at the Walgreens on East Broadway and it took him by surprise.

“We’ve had meetings for a while about the other robberies, so I was kind of mentally prepared for it,” Nicholas said. “But it still caught me by surprise because he was very quick about it.”

Nicholas said the robber came in waving a gun and demanding money. Schwenk was worried about the safety of the customer he was waiting on at the time.

“He was actually very calm about it. I didn’t feel like he was going to shoot somebody. I just wanted to make sure he didn’t, so I answered his questions in a calm tone to make sure to safeguard everybody in the front part of the store.”

Nicholas did comply with the robber, all the time worried about the gun the suspect was waiving.

Schwenk said, “He was pointing it at me but there was still the countertop that separated us. I was a little shaky.”

The suspect took the bag of money from Nicholas and ran out of the store but this time police would be waiting and they made an arrest.

The man they arrested, 24-year-old Matt Koval, is accused of First Degree Robbery. His bond has been set at $100,000. Police believe he is involved in a number of robberies in Council Bluffs and Omaha.

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