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Police: Cedar Rapids man broke facial bones in vicious attack, posted video on Facebook

Allegedly used vacuum cleaner part to strike victim

Christopher Eric Curley
Christopher Eric Curley

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested Thursday after police said he broke bones in a man’s face during a vicious assault last June and posted video of it on Facebook.

Christopher E. Curley, 28, entered another man’s southwest Cedar Rapids home June 16 by opening an unlatched window, according to a Linn County criminal complaint.

Authorities said he then severely beat the man by repeatedly striking him in the face and using a vacuum cleaner part to hit him, resulting in a fractured nose and face bones and an open wound to his scalp.

During the attack, authorities said Curley also stole the man’s cellphone.

In a video Curley recorded and posted to Facebook, he can be seen beating the victim and threatening further harm unless he surrenders his cellphone, police said.

Curley has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and willful injury causing bodily injury. The burglary and robbery charges are each punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and a willful injury conviction could result in a 10-year prison sentence.

Curley was being held on $75,000 cash or surety bond and has bonded out of the Linn County Jail. He was released to Iowa Department of Correctional Services supervision.

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