Man charged with criminal mischief

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Samuel Leopardo, 19, of Chicago was charged Sept. 23 with second-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a parked car.

According to a complaint by Iowa City police, officers responded to the intersection of Johnson and Bowery Streets, where Leopardo had allegedly been involved in a fight and then damaged a car.

The complaint said a witness pointed out Leopardo as the person who had damaged the vehicle.

Officers reportedly noticed Leopardo's knuckles were scraped, and he appeared to have been involved in a fight.

Leopardo allegedly admitted to damaging the car while under Miranda, allegedly stating that he had damaged the car because he was "pissed off" and not just to cause damage.

Estimated damage to the vehicle is $2,000.

Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class-D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $7,500.

— by Matt Starns

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