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UI student charged for threatening friend with a knife

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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A University of Iowa Student Government senator was charged Sept. 30 with first-degree harassment and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon after he allegedly threatened a friend with a knife.

Rishabh Nath, 20, was reportedly fooling around with friends in his apartment in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 when he allegedly began using a knife as a sword.

According to a complaint by Iowa City police, one of Nath's friends felt unsafe because of the display and locked himself in a bedroom. Nath then allegedly stabbed and beat upon the door with the knife.

The complaint said the victim then heard glasses and boxes hitting the floor, and he exited the room. Nath then allegedly threatened the victim, putting the knife against his throat and pressing him up against the bathroom sink, verbally threatening him.

The complaint said the victim feared for his life.

First-degree harassment and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon are both aggravated misdemeanors.

— by Matt Starns


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