Police say man arrested in Tiffin was carrying sword, guitar, flask of cocaine

Suspect has previously been arrested for carrying sword

  • Photo

An Iowa City man wielding a guitar, a sword and a flask of cocaine was arrested at a gas station in Tiffin Monday night.

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Kum & Go gas station in Tiffin at 11:21 p.m. for a report of a man outside the store who was scaring the customers. The man was carrying a guitar, callers reported.

When deputies arrived, they spotted 21-year-old Deandre L. R. Irby standing outside the store with a guitar. Deputies said they also saw a “handle of some sort” sticking out of the back of Irby’s shirt. When asked what it was, Irby told the deputies it was a sword.

Police seized the “samurai type” sword. Deputies also found two throwing knives on Irby and a flask with a white powder inside that Irby said was “probably coke,” according to criminal complaints. The substance tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Irby was taken into custody and faces two counts of carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count of possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.

This is not the first time Irby has been found to be in possession of a sword. The Iowa City police were forced to stun Irby in September 2011 when he was observed inline skating through the downtown Pedestrian Mall with a 26-inch “fantasy sword” sticking out of his backpack. He was charged with going armed with a knife with a blade longer than 8 inches. The charge was later dismissed, according to court records.

In January 2012, Irby was arrested in Oxford after he attempted to drive off from a Casey’s General store in a stolen car without paying for gas. He was charged with second-degree theft. He later pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and was sentenced to two years in prison.

He was released in January 2012.

Irby remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail. His bond has not yet been set.

Like what you're reading?

We make it easy to stay connected:

to our email newsletters
Download our free apps

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.
Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.