Hours after release, Coralville man returns to scene of break-in, assault

IOWA CITY — Hours after being released from jail, where he was held after allegedly strangling a woman in her home, Saleh Nasr was back at the scene of the crime, police said.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, around 1 p.m. Aug. 20, Nasr, a 19-year-old from Coralville, was spotted in the 200 block of Woodside Drive by the woman he is accused of assaulting there the night before. Police said Nasr drove passed by the victim before turning around at a dead end.

Nasr had been released from the Johnson County Jail three hours earlier, police said.

Police said an intoxicated Nasr took an Uber from downtown Iowa City — where he had been drinking — to the victim’s residence on Woodside Drive in the early morning hours on Aug. 19. Once there, Nasr allegedly pounded on the victim’s door and forced his way in when she opened it partially to tell him to leave.

Nasr is accused of then shoving the woman onto a bed and choking her, causing injury. Nasr admitted at the time to being drunk. He was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, trespass causing injury, assault causing bodily injury and public intoxication.

Nasr — who police said has a history of violently abusing the victim — admitted to driving past the victim. The woman told police she is afraid of Nasr.

Nasr was arrested and now faces an additional count of third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor.

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