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Man who stabbed himself with knife dies

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 06, 2009 7:20 AM

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A 26-year-old man who cut his throat downtown late on Oct. 31 died Wednesday from the injuries, according to the Iowa City police.

The man, whose name is not being released, was in town visiting friends last weekend, police said.
Police initially stopped him just outside of Joseph’s Steakhouse on the 200 block of South Clinton Street with a group of friends for possession of an open alcohol container around 11 p.m.

As officers were speaking with him, the man pulled out a small knife and stabbed himself in the neck, resulting in a major arterial bleed, said Iowa City police Sgt. Troy Kelsay.

The man then fled, Kelsay said. When officers caught up to him, he — still with the knife in hand — fought officers until they were eventually able to subdue him.

He was transferred by ambulance to the UI Hospitals and Clinics, Kelsay said. He was “very touch and go,” he said.

The man, who is not a UI student, used to live in eastern Iowa, but he had since relocated elsewhere. Kelsay declined to say where in eastern Iowa he lived or where he moved.

One of the arresting officers noticed signs of intoxication, Kelsay said.

— by Danny Valentine


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