Police: Man drove two women to IC against their will

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 03, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police have arrested a West Liberty man after he allegedly drove two women to Iowa City and held them against their will.

Ismael Lopez, 26, West Liberty, was charged Tuesday with two counts of false imprisonment and one count of domestic-abuse assault.

The report said Lopez showed up at his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend’s residence to talk about visitation for their child.

The ex-girlfriend then sat in the car to discuss the matter and brought a witness, which the report said angered Lopez, causing him to allegedly drive off with the two women.

Police said Lopez ignored the women’s demands for him to stop and let them out and prevented the witness from exiting the car by jamming the car in reverse, then slamming on the brakes to close the door.

When the car arrived at Creekside Market, 2601 Highway 6 E., the women said they ran in the bathroom, from which they called police from a cell phone.

Police located Lopez waiting in his car.

False imprisonment is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

Domestic-abuse assault is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $625.

—by Hayley Bruce

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