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Palo man faces numerous charges in stalking case

Man found 'hiding' in car outside residence; barred due to protective order

IOWA CITY — A Palo man has been arrested on a number of warrants related to a burglary and stalking case on the University of Iowa campus.

Mark C. Spicer, 20, was booked at the Johnson County Jail early Friday morning on charges related to an incident that occurred in March. According to University of Iowa Department of Public Safety criminal complaints, Spicer was spotted parked in a car in the Beckwith Boathouse parking lot on North Dubuque Street around 1:20 a.m. on March 27.

Police said Spicer was “hiding” in the car and he was parked across the street from a residence that Spicer has been barred from being near due to a protective order. Officers said when they approached the vehicle, Spicer was “curled up” behind the driver’s seat and pretending to be asleep.

When officers spoke with Spicer to give him a trespass warning — not knowing about the protective order — he gave them the name and identification of another person. Police said that person happened to have an arrest warrant out of Linn County, and Spicer matched the description of the wanted person. The Linn County Jail, however, determined who Spicer really was, police said.

Police also determined the car Spicer was hiding in was not his and he did not have permission to drive it. The car’s owner told police she thought her car was in Cedar Rapids and she did not allow Spicer to take it to Iowa City. When the car’s owner learned Spicer had the vehicle, she told him to return it or she would report it stolen. Before she was able to report it stolen, Spicer was arrested.

Spicer’s license is also barred through July 22, 2016, police said.

For the March incident, Spicer was arrested and faces charges of stalking, malicious prosecution, driving while barred, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, interference with official acts, proving false information, trespass and violation of a protective order.

Police said the protective order stems from an incident in September 2014, when Spicer went to the victim’s dorm room at Mayflower Residence Hall, hit her in the face, spit on her and stole her laptop and other items. Spicer was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, assault and third-degree harassment for that incident.

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According to court documents, Spicer didn’t show up for a pretrial conference related to the September charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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