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2 UI students arrested for assault

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested two University of Iowa students after they allegedly broke into a man’s home and assaulted him.

Robert Vanderpoel, 20, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Derek Nelson, 22, 525 Iowa Ave. Apt. 2, were charged March 31 with assault causing bodily injury, first-degree harassment, and first-degree burglary.

According to police reports, officers received a call that the two men allegedly broke into an apartment at 525 Iowa Ave. and assaulted the occupant.

Once on the scene, the alleged victim and witnesses told police the two men broke through a secure door that connected to Nelson’s apartment.

After the men entered, the alleged victim told police Vanderpoel and Nelson rushed him and began punching him, causing injury to his face before the victim’s roommate pulled Vanderpoel out of the fight.

Nelson allegedly continued to punch the man, the report said.

Police complaints said Vanderpoel threatened to kill the alleged victim after they were separated.

— by Hayley Bruce


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