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2 charged with fighting officers

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 12, 2009 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police charged two men with fighting police officers over the weekend in two separate incidents.

Police charged Cole Riley, 22, of Chicago with interference with official acts causing bodily injury after he allegedly fought with staff at Et Cetera, 118 S. Dubuque St., around 10:36 p.m. on Oct. 9.

According to reports, Riley continued to fight as uniformed officers intervened, attempting to swing a punch at officers. Officers took him to the ground, police said, and he continued to refuse instructions to place his hands behind his back.

Riley reportedly suffered a cut above his right eye and required medical attention.

In another incident, police charged Thomas Luckett, 24, West Des Moines, for assault on peace officers and others.

Police said Luckett approached a uniformed officer, handing over an Illinois ID of a white female. Luckett said he wanted to know if it was real. The officer told him it appeared so, but he wouldn’t get it back since it didn’t belong to him. Luckett then grabbed the officers wrist and hand to wrestle the ID back.

Assault on peace officers and others is a serious misdemeanor, generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,500 fine.

Interference with official acts is an aggravated misdemeanor, generally punishable by up to two years in jail and $5,000.

— by Marleen Linares


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