On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:26 p.m. the Iowa City Police Department responded to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center located at 220 South Gilbert Street to a report of a group of juveniles disrupting patrons and refusing to listen to Recreation Center staff requests. Upon arrival, an Iowa City Police Officer located a juvenile male subject involved in a physical altercation with two female subjects. Despite multiple verbal commands to leave the premises, the male subject refused and was taken into custody for Trespass and Interference with Official Acts. The juvenile male, age 15, was later released to the custody of a guardian designated by the juvenile’s mother.
Later that evening, at 9:21 p.m. Iowa City Police responded to the area of Clinton and Washington Street to a report of a physical fight in progress with multiple bystanders. Upon arrival several of the subjects involved in the incident fled from the area. As officers were attempting to investigate the initial fight, approximately 20 juvenile subjects ran towards the pedestrian mall whereupon a larger group of individuals had already gathered near the area of the fountain and were engaged in a separate fight. During the process of attempting to break up this fight, which officers reported as three to four separate groups fighting. Pepper spray was used. Upon dispersion of the pepper spray, the majority of the individuals fighting stopped and began leaving the area. The Johnson County Ambulance Service was called to the scene to assist with anyone exposed to pepper spray. After further investigation, it was determined that several of the individuals involved in this fight were also involved in the incident at the Iowa City Recreation Center at 7:26 p.m. This incident was reported to be a continuation of previously unreported incidents that stemmed during the school year. Over the course of this incident one female juvenile subject, age 16, was charged with Disorderly Conduct. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the follow up investigation.
The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in this incident by the University of Iowa Police Department and the Johnson County Ambulance Service. This matter remains under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department.