Iowa City Police arrested a man following an alleged home invasion and sexual assault. 

Officers arrested 47-year-old Robert Lee Bryant on Friday, May 12, 2017 on charges of First Degree Burglary and Third Degree Sexual Abuse. 

The arrest stems from an incident that happened in the Grant Wood Neighborhood on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The victim said Bryant entered her home while she was sleeping, and when she woke she was being sexually assaulted. The victim suffered injuries from the assault. 

The results of a DNA analysis led to Bryant's arrest and a distinct article of clothing was left at the victim's home by Bryant. Witnesses identified the piece of clothing and told investigators it belonged to Bryant. 

Authorities conducted a sexual assault examination on the victim and took several swabs during that process. Those results were sent to the lab and compared to a known DNA sample from Bryant. Lab analysis showed an identical DNA match. 

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Original message: The Iowa City Police Department is investigating a reported home invasion and sexual assault that occurred on April 15, 2017.  The sole female occupant of a house in the Grant Wood neighborhood reported she was assaulted in her home by a male suspect in the early morning hours. At this time, the Iowa City Police Department is not releasing any additional information regarding the attack so as to not compromise the ongoing criminal investigation.

This appears to be a random attack by a suspect with no known ties to the victim. Iowa City residents, especially Grant Wood neighborhood residents, are encouraged to be vigilant. 

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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