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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 2, 2003

UI Department Of Public Safety Reports Robbery

University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is seeking any information about a robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 29 in Iowa City.

According to Duane Papke, associate director of the UI Department of Public Safety, officers received a report on Aug. 29 at 9:23 a.m. of a robbery that had occurred shortly after midnight. The victim, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, reported he was riding the wrong Cambus and got off in a residential area of Iowa City. The victim had asked a male for directions back to Slater Hall since he was not sure which way to walk. After the bus had left the area the male started hitting the victim several times with a closed fist, then knocking him to the pavement. The victim received numerous cuts and abrasions to his head, face and body. The victim believes a second party was involved, because someone grabbed his wallet and cell phone from his pocket as he lay in a defensive position.

The assailant is described as a stocky and very muscular male possibly of Hispanic descent, about five feet ten inches tall (5' 10") with short, black hair. The victim could not provide any further physical or clothing description on his assailant and nothing on the second assailant.

After the victim was certain the assailants had left the area, he sought and received help from a couple who responded to his knocking on their apartment door. The victim does not know the name of the couple who assisted him; UI Police is requesting anyone having any information related to this couple or this incident, to please contact UI Police at 335-5022.

Papke clarified that a person commits a robbery when, having the intent to commit a theft, the person commits an assault upon another. Robbery in the second degree is a class "C" felony and if convicted the person would be confined for no more than 10 years, and in addition would be sentenced to a fine of at least $1,000,but not more than $10,000.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Duane Papke, associate director, UI Department of Public Safety, 319-335-5022, Writer: George McCrory