Police: Iowa City Standoff Victim Feared She Would Die

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A 13-hour standoff in Iowa City over the weekend started after a 52-year-old man choked a woman and then pointed a gun at her head, threatening to killer her, according to a criminal complaint.

Iowa City police responded to 2586 Bluffwood Lane after 7 p.m. Friday following a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance, according to police. When they arrived, officers spoke with the 38-year-old victim outside the house who reported that Troy Lee Perkins began choking her after they had been intimate and then pulled a gun on her, according to the complaint.

Perkins put the gun to the woman's head, threatened to kill her, and then he began punching her in the ribs, she told police. The woman, who doesn't live in the Bluffwood Lane home but was involved in a relationship with Perkins, told police that she was scared and thought she was going to die, according to the complaint.

She also told police that she believed Perkins was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Although the woman escaped the house, officers learned that Perkins was inside with an 8-year-old child and an elderly bed-ridden woman, both of whom lived there, according to police. Officers also learned that Perkins was wanted on three out-standing warrants, and so they reported trying to make telephone contact with him.

Perkins refused to meet with officers and, in response, the Iowa City Police Special Response Team secured the area while the Crisis Negotiations Team established and maintained phone contact with Perkins for hours, according to police.

Telephone contact was lost around 1:30 a.m., and officers entered the home around 8 a.m. to find Perkins asleep and the other residents unharmed.

Perkins was arrested on the three outstanding warrants and on suspicion of assault while displaying a weapon and first-degree harassment, both aggravated misdemeanors. He is being held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Perkins has a long criminal history in Iowa that includes felony convictions in 2010 for a parole violation, 2004 for a controlled substance violation, and 1994 for second-degree robbery. He has numerous additional convictions for stalking, driving offenses, operating while intoxicated, and interference with official acts causing bodily injury.

At the time of his arrest Saturday morning, Perkins was serving a probation sentence with the Iowa Department of Corrections for his second drunken driving conviction, according to online records.
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