House party ends in police assault

BY MATT STARNS | AUGUST 31, 2012 6:30 AM

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Two men face numerous charges after an alleged altercation with police early Thursday morning.

According to a series of Iowa City police complaints, Garret Curry, 19, and Morgan Janssen, 21, were charged after officers arrived at their residence, 313 S. Gilbert St. Apt. 2022, shortly after midnight after receiving a report of a loud party.

The complaints said that when officers arrived at the residence, Curry allegedly opened the door and sprayed an officer in the face with a can of aerosol air freshener. The officer then took Curry to the ground and attempted to handcuff him, while Curry continued to resist, according to the complaints.

The complaints said Janssen allegedly kicked the officer grappling with Curry in the head and struck him in the head with the corded microphone for the officer’s portable radio. The complaints said the officer sustained swelling to his cheek and a scrape on his elbow. Damage to the officer’s uniform and radio was estimated at $250, according to the complaints.

After Curry and Janssen were subdued, according to the complaints, officers located several underage persons inside the apartment. The complaints said there were alcohol containers in the apartment, and the underage people had been consuming the alcohol.

According to the complaints, upon a search of Curry’s person, a fictitious Ohio driver’s license was located in his wallet.

Two other residents of the apartment were also charged.

Brett Theriault, 19, was charged with keeping a disorderly house and PAULA.

Ian Zelko, 20, was charged with keeping a disorderly house, making alcohol available to minors, and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

Curry is charged with possession of a fictitious license, a serious misdemeanor, and assault on a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is also charged with keeping a disorderly house.

Janssen is charged with assault on a peace officer with a weapon and interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, both Class-D felonies, as well as fourth-degree criminal mischief and providing alcohol to persons under 21, both serious misdemeanors. He is also charged with obstructing emergency communication, public intoxication, and keeping a disorderly house.

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