Local man allegedly assaulted woman, charged with robbery

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 06, 2012 7:20 AM

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An Iowa City man was charged on Feb. 5 with first-degree burglary after he allegedly entered a woman's residence and performed unwanted sex acts on her.

According to an Iowa City police report, Javier Vasquez-Chavez, 26, allegedly entered a woman's apartment. The victim woke up to Vasquez-Chavez standing over her and performing an unwanted sex act on her against her will, according to police.

Officers responded at 6:32 a.m., began searching the area, and reportedly located a running subject who matched a provided description. Officers arrested him and charged him with public intoxication, the report said. The subject was later identified as the alleged perpetrator, according to reports.

In conjunction with the County Attorney's Office, the charge was first-degree burglary instead of sexual abuse.

Iowa City police Lt. Bill Campbell said the sexual-abuse charge constituted a lesser offense that was included in the first-degree burglary charge.

First-degree burglary is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in jail.

— by Conrad Swanson

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