A Cedar Rapids man who allegedly robbed a downtown Iowa City convenience store faces additional charges after allegedly headbutting an officer on the way to jail. The following night, he was arrested for fighting with officers again.
Police say that 26-year-old Victor Hughes of Summer Circle Northeast entered the Kum and Go in the 300 block of East Burlington Street at around 8am Monday. He reportedly purchased some candy with cash. When the clerk opened the register to give Hughes his change, Hughes allegedly reached in and grabbed a handful of cash and fled the store.
Officers located Hughes a short time later, a few blocks away. He was wearing the same clothing that was documented on store surveillance video. Hughes reportedly had the odor of ingested alcohol and exhibited behavior consistent with intoxication. A post-arrest PBT showed his blood-alcohol level at .80 percent.
While being received into the Johnson County Jail, three deputies were outside the building when Hughes arrived. He allegedly walked straight towards one of the officers instead of the door. When another deputy directed him towards the door, Hughes is accused of headbutting the deputy on the side of the face. Hughes was taken to the ground and taken directly to a holding cell.
Tuesday night at around 10:25, officers questioned Hughes in downtown Iowa City about a possible fight at El Ray’s Live and Dive on Iowa Avenue. When asked to stand up, he allegedly lunged at an officer in an aggressive manner. He reportedly resisted and pushed into officers multiple times as they were attempting to handcuff him. Hughes is also accused of grabbing an officer’s duty belt directly in front of his taser and would not let go.
Hughes faces charges of 2nd degree Burglary, Public Intoxication, and Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations for Monday’s incident, and Interference with Official Acts and Disarming a Peace Officer for Tuesday’s incident.
If convicted on all counts, he could be sentenced to over sixteen years in prison.