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Man breaks into womans house, threatens life

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a homeless man after he allegedly broke into a woman’s house and threatened to kill her.

Victor Van Pelt, 47, address unknown, was charged Monday with second-degree burglary.

The complaint said Van Pelt allegedly entered a woman’s home despite having a no-contact order.

The defendant allegedly broke a window to gain entry after the woman would not let him inside.

Once inside, Van Pelt allegedly chased the womn and threatened to kill her. The complaint said the woman fled the residence, and the defendant continued to pursue her. The report said Van Pelt was unable to keep up, and he allegedly went back to the alleged victim’s house and waited for her to come home.

The woman called police, and the defendant was taken into custody, the report said.

— by Brittany Till


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