Man charged with kidnapping in assault case to plead guilty or not guilty Friday

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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A man charged with first-degree kidnapping will deliver a plea on Friday at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Iowa City resident Peng Tang, 21, was charged after officers responded to a reported sexual assault on West Benton Street on March 29, according to an Iowa City police press release.

There, the woman told police she had made arrangements with an unknown male over the phone to show her apartment for a sublet agreement, the release said. The victim was showing the apartment to the male when he allegedly restrained her and sexually assaulted her.

Officers later arrested Tang following an investigation and charged him with first-degree kidnapping, the report said.

Court documents show the court has issued a subpoena to obtain all records and evidence relating to Tang's cell-phone use, including incoming and outgoing calls between March 28 and April 2. The request also includes any other records and evidence of people or entities in contact with Tang.

First-degree kidnapping is considered a Class-A felony, with maximum punishment being life in prison.

Tang is in custody at the Johnson County jail on a $750,000 cash-only bond and an immigration hold. His arraignment is set for at 2 p.m. Friday.

— By Beth Bratsos

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