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IOWA CITY - Two men join their landlord in facing charges for breaking into an apartment with the intent of forcibly removing the tenant, police say.
Iowa City police said Suzanne H. Dashner recruited three men to break into an apartment she manages in the 4200 block of Sycamore Street SE and kick out the woman who lives there. New court documents in the case identified two of the men as Gilberto Javier Mendez Ayala, 44, and Gilberto Mendez Marquez, 68.
According to a criminal complaint, Mendez Ayala and Mendez Marquez live next to Dashner and in an apartment above the woman. Police said the men were 'having problems” with the woman.
Police said Dashner and the three men - armed with baseball bats and a 2-by-2 board - forced their way into the woman's apartment around 7 p.m. Feb. 10. They kicked open the woman's bedroom door and threatened her, police said. Dashner is accused of hitting the woman in the leg with a bat.
Dashner, 67, previously was arrested and faces charges of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, and assault while participating in a felony, a Class D felony.
Mendez Ayala and Mendez Marquez were arrested Thursday and face charges of first-degree burglary.
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