Police: Iowa City man 'snapped' over meth pipe, barricaded woman in home for three days

Reports say he broke an oar across her back

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is accused of assaulting a woman inside his home over the course of three days because, police say, he couldn’t find his meth pipe.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 5 p.m. on Sept. 8, Thomas F. Huber, 57, began yelling at the woman inside his home at 2018 Waterfront Dr. about “hiding his glass meth pipe from him.” The woman told police Huber “snapped” and began to punch, slap and hit her with his hands and other objects.

Police said Huber broke the woman’s phone and drove screws into the back door of his trailer, preventing her from leaving. Huber also pushed furniture in front of other windows where she could have escaped and slept in a chair beside the front door.

Huber’s assault allegedly included hitting the woman so hard across the back with an oar that it snapped. Police said the woman was unable to leave the trailer and Huber told the woman that he would “kill her” next time.

Iowa City police domestic abuse investigator Scott Stevens said he learned about Huber’s actions when following up on another incident. Huber was arrested for assaulting the same woman on Sept. 16, jailed and given a no contact order. However, Stevens said Huber violated the no contact order on Sept. 17, when he was released from jail. Stevens said he learned about the incidents on Sept. 8, 9 and 10 when doing a follow-up interview with the woman.

Huber has been arrested again and now faces charges of third-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing bodily injury, both felonies; first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor; three counts of domestic abuse, a serious misdemeanor; and violation of a no contact order. If convicted of all charges, Huber could spend up to 20 years in prison.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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