Public Safety

Iowa City man arrested after attack involving gun, shots fired

An Iowa City man faces felony charges after being accused of entering an Iowa City home, assaulting a woman with a gun and firing several shots inside and outside the home.

Franklyn N. Valerio Brito, 34, entered a home in the 2500 block of Aster Avenue in southeast Iowa City, south of Highway 6, before 12:30 a.m. Thursday and attacked a woman, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers said he put a pistol in the woman’s mouth, struck her several times, threw her to the ground and dragged her from the home while threatening to kill her, according to the criminal complaint. Police said Valerio Brito fired several rounds from the pistol inside and outside the home.

The woman’s brother and children were inside the home at the time, police said.

Police said Valerio Brito fled before officers arrived but was located a short time later walking through the yard of an apartment complex.

When officers made contact with him, Valerio Brito said, “I know what this is about.” When asked what happened, he answered, “Whatever she said is fine,” according to the criminal complaint.

Valerio Brito faces charges of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; third-degree kidnapping, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of child endangerment — serious injury, all Class C felonies; and first-degree harassment and domestic abuse assault while displaying or using a dangerous weapon, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Valerio Brito is being held at Johnson County Jail on multiple bonds totaling $185,000.

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