On April 27, 2017 the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) Investigations arrested two people on multiple charges including robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. 

According to the victim, on April 23 Christopher L. Bertling, 21, and Joseph M. Williams, 20, entered the victims residence while displaying a knife and informing the victim he was being robbed. Bertling and Williams then assaulted the victim, fled the residence with the victim’s wallet and a large amount of prescription medication.

Over the course of the investigation it was determined that on April 26, Williams made contact with another subject over a money dispute. According to the victim, Williams pushed her to the ground and took the victim's cell phone. Williams then demanded the victim take him to the bank to give him money from her checking account.

Bertling and Williams were both charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree (both class B felonies) for the incident on April 23.

Williams was charged with Kidnapping (class B felony), Robbery in the second Degree (class C felony), and Theft in the Third Degree (Aggravated misdemeanor) for the incident that occurred on April 26.

The ICPD continues to investigate these incidents to determine if there is a connection to the Jonathan Wieseler homicide investigation.

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

Date of publication

Friday, April 28, 2017