Saturday, November 19, 2011

Iowa City Police Officer Assaulted // Have You Seen This Suspect?

Early yesterday morning, a 29 year veteran of the Iowa City police force was assaulted near Burlington and Linn Streets.  The suspect was disrupting traffic in the middle of the road.  The officer reportedly attempted to stop the guy to find out what he was up to.  When the suspect refused to stop, the officer grabbed the man from behind and they both tumbled to the ground.  The police officer reports that the man began choking the officer from behind before running away.  The police officer came out of the incident with a head laceration, scrapes on his hands and legs, and bruising around his neck and throat.

The suspect is described as a white man with short brown hair in his early 20s, about 6'1"-6'2", and has a thin build.  At the time, he was wearing blue jeans and white shoes.  He had been wearing a dark gray t-shirt, but that got ripped off him during the altercation. 

Check out this link if you want to watch a (brief) video of the suspect.  Otherwise, check out the accompanying picture.  Contact CrimeStoppers at 319-358-8477 if you know anything about this crime.  There is a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the assailant's arrest.  All calls are confidential.

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