Thursday, September 10, 2015

Iowa City Man Charged with 5th Degree Theft for Running from Police While Wearing Handcuffs

A 21-year-old man was charged with 5th Degree Theft for "stealing" handcuffs from an Iowa City police officer. I used the quote marks because it seems to me like a shady charge.

Here is the story. A 21-year-old man was drunk this past weekend. He was with a woman. He was drunk. There was an argument. He yelled at her and pushed her. An Iowa City police officer got involved, which led to an attempted incident of resisted arrest.

Here is the rest of the story:
Police took Glascott to the door of the Johnson County Jail when he attempted to run away. He was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, both simple misdemeanors; escape of misdemeanant, a serious misdemeanor; and two counts of interference with official acts, one a simple misdemeanor and one an aggravated misdemeanor since it resulted in an injury. Glascott was also charged with fifth degree theft — for taking the officer's handcuffs with him when he tried to run.
"He attempted to steal my handcuffs by escaping custody," ICPD Officer Ashten Hayes wrote in the complaint, describing the handcuffs as "personally owned."
Basically, the guy ran from the cops while he was still handcuffed. So they charged him with theft for having the handcuff on wrists while running away. It's not enough to charge him with disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. They instead charge him with 5th Degree Theft for wearing handcuffs.

And am I really to believe that the police officer "personally owned" that set of handcuffs??

I would completely find this guy "not guilty" of the 5th Degree Theft charges if I was on the jury. Just saying...

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