Iowa City Woman Charged With Riot

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A 19-year-old Iowa City woman has been charged with riot for participating in a group beating of another woman.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, the victim reported to police that she was assaulted on the evening of Sept. 24 by Rachel A. Garner-Payton and two other suspects not identified in the complaint. The victim told police Garner-Payton asked her to come to one of the other suspect's residence at 2658 Roberts Road.

Police said the victim took the bus to the residence and when she arrived, she was confronted by Garner-Payton and the two other suspects. They were then surrounded by a large group of people.

The group, including the victim and Garner-Payton, moved outside the residence. Police said the victim was sucker punched by one of the other suspects before Garner-Payton and the two other suspects started fighting with the woman. The victim was eventually able to get away and call 911.

Police said the victim's purse was destroyed in the melee and a member of the crowd stole her iPhone. She also suffered a bruise to her left eye, police said.

The woman identified Garner-Payton as one of her assailants and Garner-Payton admitted to participating in the ruckus.

Riot is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison.
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