Public Safety

Hope House escapee captured after jumping from third-story window

Mustafa Elsemeih
Mustafa Elsemeih

IOWA CITY — A man wanted for escape from Hope House jumped from a third-story window in a failed attempt to evade capture last week, police said.

Police were called to 221 S. Lucas St. around 11:25 p.m. Aug. 22 on a report of a man “doing meth and throwing glass at people.”

Officers learned the man was Mustafa A. Elsemeih, 20, who had a warrant for his arrest after fleeing the Hope House residential facility in Coralville in May.

Police said they saw Elsemeih inside the house fighting with a woman and that he had started fights with other tenants.

Officers ordered Elsemeih to come downstairs, but he ran upstairs and jumped out of a third-story window. He ran several blocks before being caught. Police said an officer was injured while taking Elsemeih into custody.

Police said Elsemeih had a backpack with him containing eight doses of methylphenidate hydrochloride, a prescription drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; a bag of marijuana; four THC wax doses; and 20 unidentified pills.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Derek Frank said Elsemeih was hospitalized after his capture and booked into the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday.

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Documents show that Elsemeih was on probation at the Hope House and on May 20 returned to the facility from a personal pass. Authorities said Elsemeih had a 0.013 blood alcohol content, a violation of probation, and was ordered not to leave the facility. Instead, he left.

Between his warrants and the latest incidents, Elsemeih faces charges of escape of a felon, interference with official acts causing bodily injury, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and Iowa drug tax stamp violation.

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