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Iowa City man arrested after using racial slurs and assaulting a woman

Ronal Rarey, 68, faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts and two other weapons related charges.
Ronal Rarey, 68, faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts and two other weapons related charges.(KCRG)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 7:25 AM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - An Iowa City man was arrested after using racial slurs and allegedly assaulting a woman at the shelter house Cross Park Place.

Ronal Rarey, 68, faces charges of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon - violation of individual rights, carrying weapons, interference with official acts and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the influence. Police said the assault “violation of individual rights” is a hate crime charge.

Officials said Rarey was drunk at Cross Park Place at 3 a.m. on Thursday. They said Rarey got angry with a staff member after she refused to get him fast food. Rarey refused to leave the lobby, called the staff member racial slurs and allegedly assaulted her.

A criminal complaint said that Rarey swung at the victim, but she pushed him away. Then Rarey took out a large knife. The victim and Rarey wrestled for the knife until officers arrived.

The victim was treated for superficial injuries to her hands.

Rarey denied assaulting the victim, but admitted to calling her racial slurs.

Police said Rarey has a history of knife attacks based on, or related to, race.

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