Charges upgraded for two men arrested in South Gilbert Street assault

Charges upgraded for two men arrested in South Gilbert Street assault

Two men charged in a large fight earlier this month have had the charges upgraded to robbery and riot.

Iowa City Police on Monday filed new charges against Ali Abdelkarim Ali, 20, who now lists his addess as being on Finkbine Lane, and Arthur Kirksey, 20, of 6th Avenue in Coralville.

They're accused of being part of a large group of people who assaulted and robbed several others in the 500 block of South Gilberty Street Nov. 6. A little before 11 p.m., a group of seven people allegedly assaulted two people and robbed two others. Police say the tried to snatch a purse from a female before punching her in the stomach while a man was held down so some group members could rifle through his pockets.

They had previously been charged after a woman called them to report her boyfriend being jumped. Police say the group punched and kicked two people even after they were on the ground, though there is no indication they took anything from those two victims.

Ali, who had previously listed his address as being on Holiday Road in Coralville, and Kirksey each face two counts of 3rd Degree Robbery and one count of Participating in a Riot. Those charges carry a combined maximum of six years in prison. They also still face the initial four counts of Simple Assault, a simple misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail each. And Kirksey could have his probation revoked on a 2nd Degree Burglary charge from June 2015.

Three others were also initially taken into custody last week - transient Kiwon Clay, 21, Leroy Dix, 18, of Boston Way in Coralville, and Kirksey's brother, Artquon, 18, also of 6th Avenue in Coralville. Dix faces four counts of Simple Assault while Clay and Artquon Kirksey are charged with five counts of Simple Assault.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Coralville
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