Public Safety

Omaha man accused of Iowa City break in, assault

Justin T. Tolston
Justin T. Tolston

IOWA CITY — An Omaha, Neb., man faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of breaking into an Iowa City home and assaulting the occupant.

Justin T. Tolston, 28, of Omaha, Neb., had been arguing with someone Wednesday and went to his home in Iowa City to confront him, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints.

Police said Tolston knocked on the door for about 10 minutes before the resident told him to leave. Tolston forced his way into the home, chased the resident upstairs and punched him in the face, police said.

The resident tried to call 911 as the two men struggled on the floor, but Tolston knocked the phone away and began to choke him.

Tolston was arrested and faces charges of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; and assault and obstruction of emergency communications, both simple misdemeanors.

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