Iowa City Police officers arrested a man for an alleged hate crime.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, officers were dispatched to Old Capitol Mall, 201 S. Clinton St., for a report of a subject threatening others. It was reported to officers that 50-year-old Roy Lane Hudson made comments that were sexual in nature toward the victim.
When those comments were rebuffed by the victim, stating it was against her religion, Hudson reportedly began to threaten her with physical violence and death, with further comments directed toward her religion and nationality.
Officers spoke with Hudson and took him into custody. He was then transported to the Johnson County Jail.
Hudson was charged with First Degree Harassment (aggravated misdemeanor) and Assault –violation of individual rights (Hate Crime – serious misdemeanor). In addition, Hudson was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant from the Des Moines Police Department for obstructing a court order.
Officers believe this was an isolated incident. There does not appear to be any further threat to the Iowa City area or residents.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.