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Former UI Student Accused of Kidnapping Faces New Felony Charges
By Vanessa Miller, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A former University of Iowa student facing life in prison after police said he locked a woman in her apartment and sexually assaulted her last year is facing new felony charges for allegedly stealing another woman's bras, underwear and computer.
While investigating the kidnapping case, Iowa City police executed a search warrant at Peng Tang's house and found women's underwear, bras and a MacBook Pro laptop worth $2,000, according to a criminal complaint.
When asked about the underwear, Tang said they belonged to his girlfriend, according to police. But investigators noticed that serial numbers had been scratched off the stolen items, and they later learned that two victims had been burglarized – one of whom was missing a MacBook, bras and underwear, according to police.
The woman positively identified the items found in Tang's bedroom as her missing possessions, police reported.
Upon further investigation, officers learned that Tang used to live in the house he's accused of burglarizing in the 700 block of Michael Street. Police said the current tenants and victims in this case actually caught Tang inside the house, uninvited, before they reported the theft, according to a criminal complaint.
When the victims caught Tang in the house, police reported, he was standing in the living room, holding the victim's mail. Tang told the victim that it was okay for him to be there because he used to live there, according to police.
The victims told Tang not to return, according to police.
Tang, who has been held at the Johnson County Jail on a $800,000 cash-only bond since March 30 when he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, faces two new felony charges in connection with the new allegations.
He is charged with second-degree theft and third-degree burglary, but his bond has not been increased.
Tang, 22, is scheduled to be tried Feb. 19 on the kidnapping charge. He will faces the new charges separately.
Tang was initially arrested in early April after police said he locked a woman who was showing him her apartment in her bedroom, put a towel in her mouth, tried to tie her hands behind her back and forced her to perform sexual acts with him, according to police reports.
Tang also is accused of threatening the woman with a knife, taking pictures during the assault and threatening to post them online if the woman called police, according to a criminal complaint.
Following his initially arrest, he was charged with solicitation to commit an aggravated misdemeanor after police said he sent a letter from jail asking a friend to get his accuser to change her story.
If convicted of first-degree kidnapping, Tang would be sentenced to life in prison.