Iowa City Man Charged With First Degree Kidnapping

By Emily Busse, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police arrested an Iowa City man after he allegedly locked a woman inside a bedroom, sexually assaulted her, and took explicit photos of her.

According to an Iowa City press release, 21-year-old Peng Tang, of Iowa City, visited the residence of an adult female living on the 1000 block of W. Benton on Thursday evening. Peng had made arrangements with the woman over the phone to tour her apartment in the interest of subletting, the release said. The two did not know each other.

While she showed Peng the bedroom, he locked the door, grabbed her hands, and tried to tie or handcuff them behind her back, the release said. When she tried to speak to Peng, he put a towel in her mouth. Peng then forced her to turn her cell phone off and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Peng threatened the woman that he had a knife during the assault, the release said. Before he left, Peng took explicit photos of her and said he would post them online if she called the police, the release said.

Iowa City Police took the report of sexual assault at 8:17 p.m. Thursday, and investigation led to the identification and arrest of Peng.

According to police, the victim was treated and released from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics with minor injuries.

Peng is charged with first degree kidnapping, a Class A felony punishable up to life in prison. A lesser sexual abuse charge is included, the release said.

Peng admitted to committing the offense under advisement of Miranda warnings, the release said.

According to the Johnson County Jail, Peng is being held without bond.
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