Iowa City Police seek help in identifying suspects in assault of unhoused man

Edited release

The Iowa City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects who allegedly assaulted an unhoused person sleeping in Downtown Iowa City.

At 1:03 am Tuesday, near the bike racks at the Iowa City Public Library, videos show a suspect assaulting a sleeping an unhoused man. Again at 1:12 am Tuesday, video shows another suspect assaulting the same person. Video of the assaults can be viewed online using the link below.

The suspects returned to the area a third time and were seen sprinting through the alley next to the Iowa City Senior Center at 1:20 am.

These suspects were traveling on foot with three other individuals. Videos of these assaults were also posted on social media platforms.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact Detective Mike Smithey at 319-356-5452, or [email protected].

In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras is asked to review their recordings and contact Police with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted using the P3 Tips app, going online to, or by phoning 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.