Bats, shovel and tricycle used in Iowa City melee

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IOWA CITY — Baseball bats, a shovel and a tricycle were all used in a brawl in Iowa City earlier this month.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, officers were called to the 3500 block of Shamrock Place around 2:09 p.m. on Jan. 15 for a report of a large fight involving roughly eight people and baseball bats.

Police said one of the combatants, 22-year-old Mack P.A. Hartison, was seen pushing and shoving another man while Hartison’s sister and mother damaged a Pontiac Grand Prix with a baseball bat and broken shovel. Hartison’s mother, who is not named in the complaint, was also seen throwing a Big Wheel tricycle at the man her son was attacking.

Police said the Pontiac had four windows broken out and a side mirror broken off, resulting in more than $1,100 in damages during the incident.

Hartison has been arrested and faces one count of participating in a riot, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. Hartison was also arrested last week for an incident alleged to have occurred on July 25, when he allegedly attacked a woman in her home, was removed from the residence and then forced his way back inside to continue the assault. For that incident, Hartison faces charges of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; and domestic assault, a serious misdemeanor. Those charges could lead to a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison.

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