Police Thank Public For Help In Officer Assault Case

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police are thanking the public for helping them find a man who they believe assaulted a police officer earlier this month. Late Tuesday night police arrested Branden Plummer, 20, a University of Iowa Student who allegedly strangled the veteran officer after he stopped to talk with Plummer near the corner of Gilbert and Burlington Streets during the early morning hours of November 18.

“A CrimeStopper tip is what lead to the arrest,” Sergeant Denise Brotherton said. “The tipster saw a poster that was posted at the Gilbert/Burlington Kum and Go.”

The officer, Sergeant Brian Krei, is a 29-year-veteran of the Iowa City police department. Krei suffered cuts to his head and hands and bruises to his throat in the attack, police said. Plummer was formally charged with attempted murder Wednesday and now faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

“It was extremely beneficial and helpful that the businesses are willing to put (posters) up,” Brotherton said.

On Tuesday investigators increased efforts to find the suspect through distributing “wanted posters” and reaching out to the media for additional coverage of the case.

“We’re thankful to the media for getting this out there, we’re thankful to the businesses, and to those people who called in,” said Brotherton.

Plummer remains in the Johnson County Jail where he is being held on $100 thousand bond.

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