Local man struck 5-year-old during burglary

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 27, 2013 5:00 AM

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An Iowa City man allegedly struck a 5-year-old child after entering a residence the residents were trying to remove him from.

Juan Canizalez-Perez, 34, was accused Sunday with third-degree burglary.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office complaint, Canizalez-Perez entered a residence through the front door even though both the solid and the storm door were shut.

The residents of the establishment allegedly told Canizalez-Perez to leave and attempted to physically remove him from the residence. As the residents were trying to remove Canizalez-Perez, he lunged passed them and struck a 5-year-old child who was present on the lower arm with a backhand slap, the police complaint said.

Perez then spun around hit the 5-year-old on the side with his knuckles, the complaint said. The residents were allegedly able to remove Canizalez-Perez from the residence.

Third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

- by Rebecca Morin

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