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Iowa City man faces riot charge for June brawl

Brandon L. Juniel
Brandon L. Juniel

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man has been arrested for his role in a large brawl earlier this year, police said.

A fight involving 30 or more people broke out at 7:43 p.m. June 21 in the 1100 block of Hollywood Boulevard, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints.

Police said they collected recordings of the fight from social media and surveillance cameras, which show the melee starting in the parking lot at 1102 Hollywood Blvd. before continuing out into the street.

Police said video shows Brandon L. Juniel, 24, run into the scrum after it had begun and kick and punch a person on the ground. Juniel ran down the street and started assaulting another person who already was being attacked, police said.

Juniel was arrested Friday and faces one count of participating in a riot, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Juniel was one of five men arrested following a shots-fired incident on Dec. 4, 2017, near Amber Lane and Lakeside Drive in Iowa City. Police said Juniel was in a group blocking the road and preventing a car from passing. A man exchanged words with the group, which proceeded to attack him. One member of the group fired a gun during the altercation, police said.

Court records show Juniel was convicted of participating in a riot, given a two-year suspended prison sentence and placed in a residential facility for up to a year.

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