Public Safety

Firearms recovered after Iowa City chase

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IOWA CITY — Guns were recovered from two men following a chase, authorities said.

Two deputies witnessed a hit-and-run crash at 11:09 a.m. Friday at Melrose Avenue and Mormon Trek Boulevard. Deputies pursued the driver involved in the hit-and-run, later identified as Marwan K.M. Abdullmaged, 18, of Iowa City, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Abdullmaged fled west on Melrose and north on Highway 218 before losing control of his vehicle and ending up in a ditch.

Abdullmaged and his passenger, Zackarie D. Porter, 19, of Coralville, fled on foot. Authorities said Abdullmaged tried to toss a handgun to Porter, which fell in the snow and was recovered by deputies.

Abdullmaged was arrested when he fell in the snow, and Porter was apprehended after he surrendered.

Deputies found a loaded handgun in an open backpack, which Porter admitted was his, authorities said.

Both men are felons and are barred from possessing firearms, according to the sheriff’s office.

The men face charges of carrying weapons, interference with official acts and possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony. Abdullmaged faces a charge of eluding.

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