Coralville Man Accused of Stabbing His Mother

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

CORALVILLE, Iowa — A 24-year-old Coralville man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of stabbing his mother "multiple times" and then hiding in a nearby shed.

Officers found Philippe Diamitani hiding in a shed behind a house near the one he shares with his mother at 2002 North Ridge Drive in Coralville, according to a news release. Police had been called to the home at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and found a woman with stab wounds in her left shoulder and left hand, according to a criminal complaint.

The woman told police that Diamitani, her son, was to blame and that he fled the scene, officers reported. Upon further investigation, they found a set of footprints in the snow near the home.

A K9 officer led investigators across multiple yards and over a fence to an area near a shed in the backyard of another house, according to a news release. Investigators opened one of the shed doors and spotted the legs of a person who was hiding, they reported.

Diamitani was ordered out of the shed and taken into custody. He faces charges of domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor, and willful injury causing injury, a felony.

A police report for the incident indicates the mother was taken to the hospital for treatment, but her current condition is not known.

Iowa City police helped in the investigation.

Diamitani is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond at the Johnson County Jail.

Diamitani's criminal history in the area includes an assault causing bodily injury conviction in Linn County in 2010 and an open theft case in Johnson County from Dec. 12.
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