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Burlington man charged with abuse, theft

BY DI STAFF | JULY 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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A Burlington man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, falsely imprisoned her, and stole a vehicle.

Antavis Marice Wardell Watson, 31, was charged July 14 with first-degree theft, domestic-abuse assault with intent, and false imprisonment.

Reports said Watson forced the woman into a vehicle at 5:23 a.m., not allowing her to leave it. He then allegedly took her to 1107 12th Ave., Coralville, where she was again forced to stay.

Coralville police said the woman had numerous bruises, contusions, swelling, and laceration in her head, neck, arms, and back.

Later that day at 9:51 a.m., Watson allegedly stole a Ford Ranger valued at $13,375 from 912 First Ave. in Coralville. Not 20 minutes later, the truck was located at 1107 12th Ave.

Officers said they found Watson in a car trunk in the same garage with the key to the stolen vehicle in his pocket.

— by Brian Albert


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