University Of Iowa Gymnasts Arrested

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

Two members of the University of Iowa gymnastics team have been arrested.

According to Iowa City police, officers were conducting a bar check at DC’s, 124 S. Dubuque St., just before midnight on Saturday. During the check, officers made contact with a man later identified as 20-year-old Emmanuel “Manny” Monroy. Police said Monroy refused to show officers his ID when asked.

A second subject, later identified as 18-year-old Andrew M. Botto, was spotted inside the bar with a large beer in his hand. When asked for his ID, police said Botto gave them a fake Pennsylvania ID with his name on it before turning over his real California ID. Police said Botto showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .147 percent.

Monroy had to be physically escorted out of the bar and refused to sit down until physically forced to do so by an officer, police said. While police were dealing with Botto, Monroy hopped over a railing and took off running, police said. An officer gave chase and injured his knee and elbow in the pursuit, police said.

Botto identified the man as Monroy, his teammate on the UI gymnastics team. His identity was confirmed by photos posted online, police said.

Monroy has been arrested and faces one count of interference with official acts causing bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor. Botto was charged Saturday night with public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor; and possession of a fake ID, a serious misdemeanor.

According to the UI gymnastics team’s website, Monroy, a sophomore from Plano, Texas, did not compete during the 2013 season. Botto, a freshman, also did not see action last season.

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