Two arrested for allegedly tampering with witnesses

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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Two Iowa City residents who live in the same apartment as a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a sublease visit were arrested last week, according to online police records.

Li Qiao, 49, and Xuefan Tang, 57, were charged with tampering with a witness or juror on April 5. The address listed for Qiao and Tang is 923 E. College St. No. 8, the same address as 21-year-old Peng Tang, who has been charged with first-degree kidnapping.

In late March, Tang allegedly made arrangements with a woman to view her apartment for a sublet agreement. When Tang arrived at the apartment and was viewing the woman's room, he allegedly locked the bedroom door, grabbed her hands and attempted to tie or handcuff her hands behind her back. When the alleged victim tried to speak with Tang, he put a towel in her mouth, according to police documents. He then allegedly forced the woman to turn off her cell phone and sexually assaulted her.

Tang allegedly told the woman he had a knife and, before leaving, took sexually explicit photos of her and threatened to post them on the internet if she contacted police.

A police search warrant found handcuffs, a knife, women's clothing, and Viagra at Tang's apartment, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

An Iowa City police official was unable to comment on the arrests Wednesday night.

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. First-degree kidnapping is a Class-A felony, punishable by up to life in prison.

Xuefan Tang and Qiao were also still in custody at the Johnson County Jail as of Wednesday night, each being held on a $2,000 bail.

— by Sam Lane

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