Public Safety

Names released in Iowa City officer-involved shooting

IOWA CITY — Authorities have released the names of the parties involved in last week’s officer-involved shooting in Iowa City.

According to a news release, Iowa City police officers Travis Neeld and Alex Stricker responded to burglar alarms at Pizza Hut and Second Act in the early morning hours of May 9. The alarm at Pizza Hut, 1026 Keokuk St., went off around 2:07 a.m. The Second Act, 538 Olympic Court, alarm sounded around 2:27 a.m.

While investigating the burglary alarms, Neeld and Stricker encountered 34-year-old Michael A. Cintron Caceres in the area of the businesses.

Authorities said a foot chase ensued and Cintron Caceres was located within a fenced area at Big Ten Rentals, 1820 Boyrum St., where the shooting occurred. Big Ten Rentals is located just north of The Second Act.

Police have not said how many shots were fired or how many times Cintron Caceres was shot. He remains hospitalized in stable condition, police said Tuesday.

The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Neeld, a 10-year veteran of the department; and Stricker, an officer for nine years; remain on administrative leave in accordance with police department policy.

Unrelated to Thursday’s events, police said Cintron Caceres also faces two counts of first-degree robbery. Police said around 11:36 p.m. on April 30, Cintron Caceres entered Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave., and threatened the cashier with a screwdriver while demanding money. Cintron Caceres fled the business with $109.

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Police said at 3:17 a.m. on May 7, Cintron Caceres — while armed with a knife — forced open a cash register at Suburban Amoco and fled with approximately $280. Cintron Caceres fled the scene on foot, but left a trail of bills recovered by police. Police said they identified Cintron Caceres in this case by his shoes, which matched the shoes he was wearing during a fight with police on May 4.

First-degree robbery is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

The last officer-involved shooting in Iowa City took place on Dec. 4, 2011. The officer’s actions were found to be justified by Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness.

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