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Cedar Rapids man accused of leaving Iowa City bar to break into his date's car

IOWA CITY — There are bad dates and then there’s, “My date left to go break into my car and bled all over my seats.”

Iowa City police said that’s what happened last month in downtown Iowa City.

According to a criminal complaint, on the evening of Sept. 23, 35-year-old George D. Morris was on a date with the victim. Police said Morris left the bar where the date was taking place and went to the Dubuque Street parking ramp where the victim had left her car.

Police said Morris used a rock to break a rear passenger window and unlock the back door. Morris proceeded to grab his bag, as well as the victim’s makeup case, $20 from the victim’s wallet and her cellphone, police said.

Authorities said Morris cut himself while breaking the window and bled throughout the interior and on the exterior of the car.

As this was taking place, police said the victim noticed Morris had left and went to her vehicle to check on him. Police said as she was approaching the ramp, Morris was leaving with his bag and something in his hand. When the victim yelled at Morris, he fled on foot, police said.

Morris has been arrested and faces one count of third-degree burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

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