Police arrest suspect from weekend stabbing in downtown Iowa City


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The University of Iowa student accused of stabbing two males near the intersection of Dubuque and Washington Street this past weekend was taken into custody Sunday afternoon.

According to an Iowa City police news release, Western Illinois University police officials took Gabriel Badding into custody in Macomb, Ill., on an arrest warrant issued by the Iowa City police.

Badding is a first-year student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the UI, and he was living in Burge Residence Hall, according to the UI directory.

The 18-year-old was allegedly involved in an altercation early Sunday morning that resulted in the stabbing of two males. The two victims were taken to the UI Hospitals and Clinics for treatment. One victim sustained several stab wounds to the torso area — two of which were near vital organs — and the second victim sustained a deep stab wound in the upper arm when he attempted to intervene and help the first man. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, the release said.

The UI released a HawkAlert immediately following the stabbing, and police received several calls identifying Badding as a possible suspect. According to the release, following further investigation, Badding’s identity was confirmed as well as his possible location in Illinois.

Badding is being charged with willful injury causing serious injury and willful injury. He is currently being held in the McDonough County Jail in Illinois on a $100,000 bond and is waiting to be extradited to Iowa.

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