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Police: North Liberty man hit with bat after assaulting woman

Alexander J. Neel
Alexander J. Neel

IOWA CITY — A North Liberty man was knocked out with a bat after assaulting a woman Saturday night, police said.

An officer responded to the area of Johnson and Ronalds streets at 10:35 p.m. Saturday for a report of a fight. A woman who had reported an assault was “very shaken up,” according to an Iowa City police criminal complaint.

The woman had blood on her ear and a swollen eye, and was carrying a baseball bat with blood on it.

She told police she and Alexander J. Neel, 29, were at a party earlier that evening. They got into an argument afterward, the woman reported.

Police said she had called her mother, which upset Neel, and he berated her. When the woman tried to walk away, Neel hit her twice in the face, police said.

The woman ran away, but Neel caught up to her. Police said the woman grabbed a yellow bat and hit Neel in the face and ear.

Neel fled before police arrived, but they later spoke with him. He told police he was knocked out by the bat and said “he must’ve done something terrible to make her do that,” the complaint states.

Police said Neel had a bruise on his forehead from the bat.

Neel was arrested. He faces one count of assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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