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Iowa City police: Woman feared for her life during assault

IOWA CITY — A woman told police she feared for her life after reporting an Iowa City man forced his way into her home and assaulted her.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, at 1:40 a.m. Jan. 20, officers initially responded to the area of Jefferson and Governor streets for a report of a woman being assaulted. Police met with the victim and returned with her to her residence in the 1000 block of East Market Street.

The woman told police she had been assaulted inside her home by 41-year-old Christopher L. Mason. Police said Mason entered the woman’s home through a broken window and proceeded to break things inside. Mason then assaulted the woman, causing her to suffer bites to her hands, fingers and head. The woman also reported being strangled almost to the point of losing consciousness, police said.

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The victim told police that as Mason chased her through the home and choked her he was “repeatedly screaming he was going to kill her,” the complaints state.

The woman told police that if she had not escaped, Mason would have killed her.

Mason was arrested and faces charges of willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony; assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor; and first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor. If convicted of all three offenses, Mason faces up to eight years in prison.

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