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Iowa City man accused of attacking fellow moviegoer over cellphone use

Nicholas P. Glasgow
Nicholas P. Glasgow

An Iowa City man beat up a fellow moviegoer after a late-night showing of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” at an Iowa City theater, police say.

Nicholas P. Glasgow, who was arrested Friday, is accused of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

At a screening around 1:15 a.m. Sept. 11 at Marcus Sycamore Theatre, 1602 Sycamore St., Glasgow demanded the theater staff speak to a fellow moviegoer about using his cellphone in the theater, according to the criminal complaint. The movie had not yet started.

Theater staff told police Glasgow ordered them to “take care of it or he would,” the complaint states.

After the movie, the complaint states, Glasgow approached the man and his friend, who still were seated. He demanded they apologize for ruining the film for him and punched the man in the face repeatedly.

Police said the two continued to fight and the man ended up on the floor, where Glasgow kicked him multiple times.

The man suffered a cut to the head, as well as swelling, soreness and redness to his face. Police said his glasses, valued at $250, were broken during the fight.


Theater staff identified Glasgow as a regular moviegoer, the complaint states, and police said Glasgow’s appearance matched the description given by the man who was attacked.

A warrant was issued for Glasgow’s arrest. He was picked up Friday and booked into the Johnson County Jail. He has since been released on a $2,500 bond.

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