Johnson County Metro

Transient faces burglary charge after entering Iowa City apartment

Police: Suspect went through woman's mail

IOWA CITY — A homeless man faces prison time after entering a woman’s apartment and sifting through her mail.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, officers were called to an apartment in the 300 block of East College Street around 1 p.m. on May 26 for a report of a man who had entered a woman’s apartment. The victim told police she was home alone when a man came in through her unlocked front door and went into her bedroom.

The woman reported the man asked if “Katie” was home, then went into the kitchen and started going through the victim’s mail, police said. The woman told police the man lingered in her apartment after she asked him to leave.

Officers were unable to initially locate the man in the area, but when the woman saw a photo lineup, she identified the man as Bryant A. Smith, 26. Smith declined to talk with officers when they spoke with him at the Johnson County Jail, where he is being held on an unrelated burglary charge.

Police said Smith was arrested in January after breaking into a residence by cutting through a screen door, and he also is accused of entering a University of Iowa building and stealing items from lockers.

For the May 26 incident, Smith now faces one count of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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