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Man charged with burglary, going armed

BY DI STAFF | MAY 13, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a Coralville man after he allegedly tried to steal money from a woman's purse.

Christopher Strickland, 26, was charged Wednesday with third-degree burglary and going armed with intent.

Complaints said Strickland was allegedly rifling through a woman's purse that was on the front passenger seat of her car in her driveway, when she looked out the window and saw him.

The woman told police nothing was stolen from her purse, and Strickland walked away from the area when he was done searching.

After the alleged victim told her boyfriend about the incident, reports said he located Strickland and began to fight with him.

After the boyfriend returned, the complaint said Strickland allegedly came back with friends and two knives, taunting the woman and her boyfriend to come back outside and fight.

When Strickland attempted to enter the home, reports said he was deterred by a BB gun.

— by Hayley Bruce


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