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Police: A burglary involving a struggle for a gun and $5 leads to the arrest of a Cedar Rapids man

A Cedar Rapids man is accused of first-degree burglary and intimidation with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly broke into a Coralville apartment and stole $5.

Coralville police said officers responded at 10:40 a.m. on May 17 to an apartment on Second Street after receiving a call reporting suspicious activity.

When they arrived, the woman who lived in the apartment told officers a man had forced his way into her apartment.

The woman said she fled to the bedroom where she retrieved a gun, pointed the weapon at the suspect, who was later identified as 21-year-old Alphonse A. Ngiya, and told him to leave.

Police said the two struggled over the gun and Ngiya managed to take the firearm away from the woman and point it at her.

He then allegedly pointed the gun at the ceiling and fired one shot, according to the criminal complaint. He then fled the apartment.

Moments later, police said Ngiya entered the apartment again, grabbed the woman’s arm and held her down on the bed. Police reported the visible scratches on her arm from being grabbed and held down.

Ngiya eventually let the woman go after she gave him $5, police said.


Coralville police arrested Ngiya Sunday, and he is currently being held without bond at Johnson County Jail.

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