Iowa City man accused of crowbar assault

Police: Man assaulted woman several times during drive to Illinois

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is accused of assaulting a woman multiple times, including attacking her with a crowbar.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, on July 6, the victim and 30-year-old Junior E. Roldan were driving in Iowa City when Roldan became upset with the woman and punched her in the mouth, causing her to bleed.

Police said Roldan agreed to drive the woman to Illinois and told her she would never have to see him again. However, during the next several hours, Roldan assaulted the woman “numerous” times, police said.

During one attack, police said, Roldan was pulled over on the side of the road and the victim was walking on the shoulder. Witnesses told police Roldan caught up with the woman and punched her in the face, knocking her into the ditch.

Police said Roldan later pulled over near a small shed off Highway 218 and dragged the woman out of the truck. Threatening the victim with a crowbar, Roldan demanded that she pull up her emails on her phone so he could read them, police said. As the woman accessed her phone, Roldan hit her in the ankle with the crowbar, police said.

“The victim stated she thought (Roldan) might kill her at this point,” the complaints state.

Police said the woman tried to run from Roldan, but he caught up to her, knocked her to the ground and took her phone. He then smashed the woman’s phone, police said.

The woman suffered severe pain, swelling, bruising and struggled to walk as a result of Roldan’s attacks, according to police reports.

Roldan had previously been ordered not to have contact with the woman due to a prior domestic assault. However, police said he violated that order several times before July 6 by staying with the woman in a hotel room in Mount Pleasant.

Police said Roldan continued to contact the woman via Facebook after the assault.

Roldan has been arrested and faces charges of willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony; domestic abuse with intent to inflict serious injury or while displaying a weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor; fourth-degree criminal mischief and false imprisonment, both serious misdemeanors; and eight counts of violating a no contact order.

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