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Iowa City man faces prison time for alleged knife threat

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces prison time for allegedly threatening people with a knife during a dispute in December.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 1:20 p.m. Dec. 18, officers were called to Town & Campus Apartments, 1100 Arthur St., for a report of a fight in progress. When police arrived, the two instigators — including 30-year-old Emanuel Cowley — had fled the scene.

Authorities said Cowley and his girlfriend confronted the girlfriend’s sister and the sister’s boyfriend with weapons. Cowley allegedly wielded a large knife during the confrontation and threatened to stab one of the two victims while approaching them in a threatening manner.

Cowley was not immediately located after the incident.

In a separate incident, Cowley is accused of going to the home of a person he’s barred from contacting on Feb. 3. Police said when the protected party didn’t allow Cowley in the home, he became agitated, called the protected party names and began knocking hard on her windows and front door.

Cowley fled the scene before officers arrived.

According to Johnson County Jail records, Cowley was booked in the jail around 1:30 a.m. Friday. For the two incidents, he faces charges of going armed with intent, a Class D felony; first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor; and violation of a protective order.


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