Public Safety

Police: 17-year-old stabbed by Coralville man over car dispute

James S. Joy
James S. Joy

IOWA CITY — A Coralville man is accused of stabbing a 17-year-old boy over a car sale gone awry.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, James S. Joy, 35 was involved in the exchange of vehicle in the area of Wayne Avenue and Arthur Street in Iowa City around 9:04 a.m. Aug. 26. Police said the sale turned into a dispute, and Joy punched the other party — a 17-year-old boy — in the face.

Joy pulled a knife and chased the boy, police said. When Joy caught him, he stabbed the boy in the abdomen. Witnesses reported the attack, and Joy fled on foot, police said.

The teen required surgery, police said.

Joy was arrested just after midnight Sept. 23 when he was seen throwing beer cans at a woman at Kum & Go, 2303 Muscatine Ave. The woman fled into a restroom, and Joy chased after her, police said. He is accused of assaulting her and taking her phone.

Police said she suffered a serious injury to her leg and neck pain.

Joy fled on foot and was found at a nearby apartment complex. He ignored officers’ orders to stop and attempted to flee, but eventually was caught, police said.

Joy had warrants for his arrest for a previous incident.

Charges against him include willful injury causing serious injury, going armed with intent, assault causing serious injury, third-degree burglary, eluding, fourth-degree criminal mischief, domestic assault, fifth-degree theft and interference with official acts.

Joy remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail on a $57,000 cash or surety bond.

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