Iowa City man faces a number of charges after a violent dispute

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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An Iowa City man faces a number of charges for alleged violent actions.

Joshua Simmons, 29, was charged Sept. 6 with assault causing bodily injury, false imprisonment, going armed with intent, and first-degree harassment.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, police responded to a woman’s residence after receiving a report of disturbance. Simmons and the woman had been in a relationship for about two weeks.

According to the woman, Simmons assaulted her resulting in bruises on her arm. When the woman called 911, she stated that the he threatened her with a knife and told her to leave with him.

The woman also said Simmons choked her with both hands, making it difficult for her to breathe, and told her he was going to kill her.

Later, the woman found him in her house. He said he had used a tool to enter the residence. The woman stated he did not have permission to be inside her residence.

Assault causing bodily injury and false imprisonment are serious misdemeanors. First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor. Going armed with intent is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

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