On Monday, May 2, 2016, at 11:21 p.m., an individual came to the front desk of the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) to report that he had been assaulted. According to the victim, on Saturday, April 30, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., the victim was in the alleyway of the 200 block of Iowa Avenue when he was approached by an individual and subsequently struck multiple times. According to the victim, he was then struck several more times by multiple subjects while being called racial slurs. The suspects were initially described as being three white males, average height, and approximately nineteen to twenty-two years of age. The victim later sought and was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The ICPD immediately began its investigation into the matter for the purposes of pursuing criminal charges.
On May 3, the ICPD developed suspect information and continued to investigate leads as they were presented.
This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD’s Investigative unit. In addition, based on information presented by the victim, this case is being investigated as a hate crime. The ICPD is also requesting that if anyone has any information related to this incident, or may have been a witness, to call 319-356-5276.