Police: UI athlete hit man’s head with champagne bottle

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a University of Iowa high jumper after he allegedly hit another man over the head with a champagne bottle at a downtown liquor store.

Graham Valdes, 22, 711 Melrose Ave., was charged Monday with assault causing bodily injury.

According to police reports, officers responded to Sauce liquor store, 108 E. College St., on Feb. 19 after receiving a report of a man hit with a bottle.

Upon arrival, officers reported finding a man with a large cut to the top of his head, his nose “bleeding profusely” and a champagne bottle shattered at his feet.

The man told police a tall red-headed man hit him with a bottle as he was trying to exit Sauce after his friend urinated in the store.

The suspect remained on the scene, and was identified as Valdes, the report said.

The Hawkeye athlete told police he felt threatened when the alleged victim was pushing past people to leave and hit him with the bottle he was holding.

The report said numerous people on the scene saw Valdes hit the man but did not see the man hit Valdes.

Assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

— by Hayley Bruce

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