IC woman jailed for threatening man who reported dog left in her vehicle


An Iowa City woman who took umbrage with someone reporting her for leaving a dog in her vehicle Wednesday afternoon was arrested for threatening to shoot the person.

Police were called to the parking lot of the Town and Campus Apartments at approximately 5:39pm on reports of possible animal neglect, namely a dog left in a vehicle in the heat of the day. While en route to the scene, the officer was told that the offender was threatening to shoot the reporting party and he feared for his life.

When police arrived, the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Valerie Humphry of the complex, was heard saying she was going to “beat the (reporting man’s) ass.” He told police that she had threated to shoot and kill him at least twice during the incident and believed she had the means to carry out the threat.

Humphry was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and harassment. During the course of arrest, Humphry allegedly continued to pull away from the officer and ignored commands to stop. The officer also reports that when he opened the door to the squad car, Humphry hit it, causing the door to hit him in the groin.

Humphry later voluntarily admitted to resisting arrest.

She faces a host of charges, including assault causing injury to a police officer, disorderly conduct with abusive epithets and threats, interference with official acts and first-degree harassment. If convicted on all charges, she could be sentenced to over five years in prison.