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Univ. of Iowa Student Wanted After Missing Hearing in Iowa City Officer Attack
By Vanessa Miller, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A Johnson County judge has issued a $50,000 warrant for the arrest of one of four men accused in an assault on an Iowa City police officer in August.
Morgan Janssen, 21, and Garret Curry, 19, are scheduled to be tried Dec. 18 in connection with the Aug. 30 attack. Curry – who faces charges of assault causing injury on a peace officer and possession of fake identification – still is on track to be tried in two weeks.
But Janssen – who faces numerous charges including felony interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, felony assault with a weapon on a peace officer, criminal mischief, interference with official acts causing injury, and assault causing injury on a peace officer – now is wanted on a warrant after failing to appear for a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, according to online court records.
Janssen, Curry and two others were arrested Aug. 30 after Iowa City police officers responded to 313 Gilbert St. #2022 on a report of a loud party. An officer tried to contact residents of the apartment, but when the unit's door opened, the officer was attacked, according to a criminal complaint.
Curry is accused of spraying the officer in the face with aerosol air freshener, while another resident reportedly sprayed the officer in the face with hair spray, police reported. While the officer was trying to arrest those suspects, Janssen is accused of coming out of the apartment and kicking the officer in the head while he was on the ground, according to the complaint.
Janssen is accused of hitting the officer in the head with the microphone from his portable radio, causing the officer to suffer minor injuries like swelling and scrapes, according to a report.
The attack also damaged the officer's radio and uniform, totaling about $250, police reported.
After the fight, officers discovered about 15 underage people in the apartment, which had alcohol containers covering most of the flat surfaces, according to the complaint.
Janssen still is listed in the University of Iowa's online directory as a student from Fairfield, but Curry is not listed as a student in the online directory.
Ian Zelko, 20, also was arrested that night at that party on suspicion of possession of a fake ID. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was given a one-year deferred sentence that comes with a year of probation, a $315 fine and 25 days of community service.
Brett Theriault, 19, was arrested on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors, but that charge has been dropped.
Zelko was listed as a UI student from Wisconsin, but he is no longer in the online directory. Theriault, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., still is listed as a student.