One in custody, one on the run after Iowa City burglary

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IOWA CITY — One man is in custody after a break-in Thursday night, but police are still looking for a second suspect.

According to an Iowa City police department news release, officers were called to a home in the 900 block of North Dodge St. at 10:46 p.m. Thursday for a report of someone entering a home and “struggling with an occupant.” The victims told police two men entered the home and demanded drugs.

Criminal complaints state the two men forced their way into the home and choked one of the occupants until he agreed to help them find drugs. The men then rummaged through the home, looking for more drugs, police said.

Police captured one suspect, 25-year-old Kelwin L. Dawley, as he tried to flee, but the other subject was gone before officers arrived. Police said they found a small container of marijuana wax on Dawley that he admitted to stealing from the home.

The second subject is described as a 6’1” black man in his mid-50s with graying hair and a beard. He weighed approximately 260 pounds and was wearing a black T-shirt.

Dawley was arrested and faces charges of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.

Anyone with information on this incident or similar incidents is asked to call the police department. Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the second suspect. Anonymous tips can be left on the CrimeStoppers tip line at 358-TIPS.

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