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IOWA CITY — An 18-year-old man is accused of strangling a woman on the University of Iowa campus until she lost consciousness and then stealing her earrings, valued at $20,000.
Ali Alfred Younes of Iowa City was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft.
A criminal complaint states that Younes was seen on video Monday night walking in the opposite direction from the woman on the Iowa Memorial Union footbridge.
He turned around and jogged to catch up with the woman as she headed toward the Art Building West. He grabbed her from behind and tackled her to the ground. He rolled her over and strangled her until she passed out, then forcibly removed her earrings, according to the complaint.
Witnesses interrupted Younes while he was standing over the unconscious woman. He told the witnesses the woman was walking and had passed out and that he was going to call the police, then he fled, according to the complaint.
University of Iowa police arrived at 10:18 p.m., and the woman was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The woman was able to give police a description of her attacker. UI police posted pictures of the suspect on Facebook and asked for help in identifying him.
Younes was arrested at his girlfriend’s house, where police conducted a search warrant and found the stolen earrings. The complaint states Younes admitted to police he stole the earrings because he believed the woman was dead.
Younes lives in a university residence hall, according to the criminal complaint.
According to a news release from the university, Younes has been issued a criminal trespass warning for the University of Iowa campus.
Younes had his first appearance in court Wednesday morning is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a $150,000 cash or surety bond on the robbery charge and a $50,000 cash or surety bond on the theft charge.
An order of protection has been filed on behalf of the woman who was attacked.
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