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Chicago man arrested in assault, break-in at Iowa City woman's home in January

Ricardo Steward
Ricardo Steward

IOWA CITY — A Chicago man could face more than 25 years in prison for a break-in and assault earlier this year.

Ricardo Steward, 40, went to an Iowa City home around 11:16 a.m. Jan. 7 and knocked on a window, according to police criminal complaints. Police said a woman inside told Steward to leave and began to call police.

Steward kicked in the door and choked the woman while threatening to kill her, police said. He took her phone, preventing her from contacting authorities, police said.

Steward assaulted the woman while she was on the ground, police said.

Steward, who also was wanted for a 2017 assault on a woman, was arrested Wednesday. He faces one count of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as other charges.

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