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Police: North Liberty man threatened to shoot woman

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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A North Liberty man was arrested by Iowa City police after he allegedly threatened to shoot a woman.

Joel Venteicher, 35, was charged June 17 with domestic-abuse assault with intent and first-degree harassment.

According to complaints, Iowa City police responded to a call regarding threats. An investigation concluded Venteicher allegedly made several threatening phone calls to the mother of his children.

“I’m going to shoot you,” Venteicher allegedly said, according to police reports.

Officers also said he threatened to come to her house and bang on the windows because “he had nothing to lose.” Reports said Venteicher allegedly admitted to making threats toward the alleged victim under Miranda.

First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250. Domestic abuse with intent involving a weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Brian Albert


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