Iowa City stabbing suspect back in Johnson County

Badding was found in his girlfriend's dorm room at Western Illinois

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An 18-year-old University of Iowa student accused of stabbing two men early Sunday in Iowa City is now in the Johnson County Jail after authorities found him in his girlfriend’s dorm room on the Western Illinois University campus.

Gabriel E. Badding, of Oak Park, Ill., is accused of stabbing two men in downtown Iowa City at 1:57 a.m. Sunday following a verbal altercation, according to a criminal complaint. Badding, according to police, stabbed one man several times causing serious injuries, including two wounds in the man’s torso, near vital organs.

That victim’s friend, who tried to intervene, suffered a deep stab wound in his right tricep, according to the criminal complaint that was made public Thursday.

Badding ran from the area, and authorities issued a Hawk Alert to UI students and staff members, alerting them to the downtown attack. Several tipsters called police after the alert and gave Badding’s name as a possible suspect based on the physical description given, according to the complaint.

Over the course of the day, authorities determined that Badding had gone to Illinois, and his vehicle was found in a parking lot on the Western Illinois University campus, according to police. Western Illinois police helped by watching Badding’s car, and they eventually tracked him to his girlfriend’s dormitory room, according to the complaint.

Western Illinois arrested Badding on an Iowa City warrant, and they obtained a search warrant for his vehicle, where they found items apparently tied to the investigation, police reported.

Badding, who was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday afternoon, is facing charges of willful injury causing serious injury and willful injury, both felonies. He’s being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Badding is listed as a liberal arts and sciences student at the University of Iowa. He is living in Burge Hall, according to online UI records.

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