West Branch Man Faces Multiple Charges After Fight

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

SOLON, Iowa — A West Branch man faces multiple charges after fighting at a party in Solon.

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaints, around 2:25 a.m. Saturday, 23-year-old Mitchell D. Slocum was at a party with several other people in Solon. Police said Slocum got into an argument with one of the people and began to punch him in the head and face. The man, who told police the assault was unprovoked, suffered discoloration to his right eye, according to complaints.

Police said Slocum was told to leave the party and after he did, he had a verbal exchange with other members of the party. Slocum then allegedly broke a glass bottle and threatened to cut the party goers. Police said Slocum approached the group with the glass bottle and then tackled one of the people through a fence. The victim suffered cuts to two fingers, one of which required medical attention, police said.

Slocum was taken to the Johnson County Jail on assault charges, but his troubles didn’t end there, according to criminal complaints. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies were performing a strip search on Slocum. When Slocum took off his underwear, a brass pipe fell out. Police said Slocum admitting to knowing the pipe was there and told deputies that was where he “regularly keeps it,” police said.

Police said a small amount of green, leafy residue was visible in the pipe.

Slocum faces charges of assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony; possession of contraband in a correctional facility, a Class D felony; assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

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