ICPD releases identity of student wanted for bringing gun to school


Iowa City Police have released the name of a student wanted for bringing a gun to school.
According to an ICPD news release, 19-year-old Jeremiah Neal of Coralville is wanted on charges of Carrying a Weapon on School Grounds and Possession of Weapon as a Felon. Both charges are Class D Felonies each punishable by up to five years in prison.

Online records show Neal’s previous felony conviction was not in the state of Iowa.

Officers responded to Tate High School on East Court Street at 9:30am Wednesday for a report of a possible gun in Neal’s backpack. Arriving officers located Neal outside the school and seized a bag that was in his possession. A search warrant was acquired after several hours, and a loaded firearm was located inside the bag. But police say during that time, available information did not rise to the level which allowed for detention or arrest, allowing Neal to leave the scene.

No threats were made to school students or staff and no one was injured during the incident.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact the ICPD at 319-356-6800 with any information about Neal’s whereabouts.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers online at iccrimestoppers.org or by phone at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.