IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa wrestler Ethan Owens has been arrested and accused of taking a vehicle from a house party without the owner’s permission.
According to the Iowa City Police Department, on the morning of April 19, Owens, 23 met and befriended some people at a downtown bar. After bar close, Owens and his new friends went to an after-party at a home on Dodge Street, police said.
Witnesses said Owens left the party around 4 a.m., along with one of the resident’s 2000 Ford Explorer. Police said this resident was asleep when Owens and his friends arrived at the residence, had never met Owens and had left the keys to his vehicle on a table. Witnesses told police they saw Owens get into the Ford Explorer and drive it away.
The alleged victim got his vehicle back later that day when he contacted Owens. Police said Owens denied ever taking the Explorer, but hinted at where the vehicle could be found. The Explorer was recovered at 29 W. Burlington St., unlocked and with the keys in it.
Owens has been arrested and faces one count of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.
“We are looking into the situation,” the UI Athletics Department said in a statement provided by the Sports Information office, “and will take action according to the student-athlete code of conduct when appropriate.”
A junior from Vansant, Va., Owens wrestled to a 19-5 record during the 2013-14 season, winning titles at the William Penn and Pat “Flash” Flanagan opens, according to the UI wrestling website.