Public Safety

Man hospitalized after Iowa City convenience store attack

Keith T. Kizart and Dejuanyae N. Jones
Keith T. Kizart and Dejuanyae N. Jones

IOWA CITY — A man was hospitalized Sunday after being assaulted at an Iowa City convenience store.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, the man was confronted around 11:05 a.m. in the parking lot at Kum & Go, 955 Mormon Trek Blvd., by Keith T. Kizart, 23, of Iowa City, and Dejuanyae N. Jones, 21, of Cedar Rapids.

Police said the confrontation was over an earlier robbery, but it is not clear what role any of the men had in the robbery.

Police said Kizart punched the man multiple times and pistol- whipped him with a CO2 BB gun. The man fell to the ground, where Kizart and Jones kicked him before driving away, police said.

Police said the attack was captured on surveillance cameras.

The man suffered a possible concussion, bleeding from his head and swelling around his left eye. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

When officers later found Kizart and Jones, Kizart still had the BB gun, police said.

Both men were arrested. They face charges of willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony; and assault with a weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor. If convicted of both charges, they could spend up to seven years in prison.

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