Iowa City Police arrest suspect accused of triggering HawkAlert by threatening UI student with a knife


Iowa City Police have arrested a suspect they say triggered a HawkAlert last month by threatening a University of Iowa student with a knife.

47-year-old Jonathan Kim of Woodland Heights NE was booked into the Johnson County Jail just before 4:45 Tuesday afternoon. Police say Kim confronted a UI student on the 200 block of East Jefferson Street just before 9:30 on the morning of April 4th. The student reported he was leaving a class at Van Allen Hall when Kim approached him angrily while wielding an open folding knife. The student ran away, and Kim allegedly fled in the other direction. Video records from the area reportedly show Kim walking toward the student, then running from the area a short time later. Police say video also captured Kim getting into his car, including recording his license plate information.

The incident triggered a HawkAlert warning students and staff to avoid the area during the investigation.

Kim is charged with Assault While Displaying a Weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum of two years in jail.