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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.


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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