Public Safety

I.C. man accused of theft, gun threats

Anthony Hughes Jr.
Anthony Hughes Jr.

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man arrested earlier this summer on weapons charges was arrested again this week after a second weapons-related incident.

Iowa City police said Anthony L. Hughes Jr., 18, took an iPhone X valued at $1,000 from a vehicle about 7 p.m. Wednesday, and a friend of the phone’s owner contacted Hughes via Snapchat and arranged to have the phone returned.

Police said the phone’s owner met with Hughes, who told her that if she wanted the phone back, she’d have to pay him.

Hughes eventually returned the phone. But moments later, he left and returned with a pistol in his waistband, police said.

Hughes lifted his shirt and told the woman and her friend he would shoot them if they ever came to the area again, police said.

After obtaining warrants for Hughes’ arrest, police went Thursday night to 814 W. Benton St., where they found Hughes, who was carrying a blunt and a small bag of marijuana.

Hughes was arrested and faces charges of possession of a firearm as a felon, a Class D felony; extortion, a Class D felony; carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor; first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor; and third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.

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Hughes was arrested in June after a Jeep Wrangler in which he was riding was pulled over in the area of Wayne Avenue and Arthur Street because its registration had expired, police said.

Police said Hughes was wearing a fanny pack that held a number of. 40-caliber ammunition rounds. Another passenger had a backpack found with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber Magnum revolver that had been reported stolen.

Hughes was arrested on charges of trafficking in stolen weapons, a felony, and carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Wayne Avenue and Arthur Street was the site of a shots-fired incident earlier this year and is a short distance from a shots-fired incident near Mercer Park. Hughes lives not far from where a shots-fired incident took place on Benton Street.

Police said at the time of Hughes’ arrest in June that he was being looked at as potentially being involved in other firearms incidents in the city.

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