Local man charged in Ped Mall dispute

BY MATT STARNS | AUGUST 24, 2012 6:30 AM

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A local man was charged Aug. 22 after he allegedly threatened another man with a wooden pole.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Ross Johnson, 58, address unknown, was charged after officers on bike patrol saw two men fighting over a wooden pole at the intersection of Dubuque and Washington Streets.

The complaint said the officer separated the two men and spoke with them.

Johnson allegedly told the officer the two men were arguing over a $5 debt from two weeks ago. Johnson also allegedly told the officer he went to a planter on the Pedestrian Mall and retrieved his wooden pole, according to the complaint.

Johnson allegedly told the officer he then went back to the other man to hit him with the pole. The complaint said Johnson and the other man gave similar accounts of the incident.

Johnson is charged with going armed with intent, a Class-D felony.

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