Second Woman Charged In Downtown Iowa City Vandalism

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

An Iowa City police car. (File photo)


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A second woman has been charged in connection with a downtown Iowa City vandalism spree that occurred in October.

Iowa City police said on the morning of Oct. 26, 25-year-old Emma L. Schneider of Iowa City was observed with another woman throwing sidewalk pavers onto cars parked by The Mill and Starbucks. Police said they eventually caught up with Schneider, who initially said her friend, 22-year-old Karen Mabikulu, had done the damage. Schneider told police various accounts of what happened during her interview with officers, police said.

Schneider has been charged with second-degree criminal mischief for causing more than $1,000 worth of damaging to four windshields and hoods.

Police said at the time of Mabikulu's arrest in November that she had also stolen six wallets. When police search Mabikulu, they discovered numerous drivers licenses, credit and debit cards, social security cards and other items that didn't belong to her. Mabikulu was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and six counts of fifth-degree theft.
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