Man accused of threatening another person with a butcher knife at North Johnson Street apartment

Man accused of threatening another person with a butcher knife at North Johnson Street apartment
KCJJ Staff
09/11/18

Admitting he made “a bad choice while intoxicated,” an Iowa City man has been arrested for threatening other people with a butcher knife.

The alleged incident took place at an apartment at 14 North Johnson Street a little before 8 p.m. Monday. Arrest reports state Carl Ratcliffe, 33, and another person were engaged in a verbal argument when, for reasons not yet clear, Ratcliffe grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and threatened the other person with it.

Police say he also threatened to “smoke” the other person after he or she called 911.

During a post-arrest interview with officers, Ratcliffe allegedly admitted to pulling the knife, saying he would do it again but refusing to explain the reasons for his actions.

Police say Ratcliffe showed multiple signs of intoxication.

He’s charged with Assault while Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor carrying up to two years in jail.