Police arrest four suspects following investigation of weekend stabbing in Iowa City

Four suspects identified in connection with a weekend stabbing outside of Bardot have been apprehended by the Iowa City Police Department.

Victor Torres Molina, 28, of Iowa City and Lake Newton, 21, of West Liberty in addition to Antonio Montelongo, 20, of West Liberty were each arrested Wednesday, May 10 following a significant fight that took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 6.

Additionally, officers have charged a juvenile with participating in a riot in conjunction with the Saturday morning events.

Initially, Iowa City Police were unable to make arrests over the weekend after the fight – which took place shortly before 2 a.m. – had dispersed, but thanks to eye-witness accounts, search warrants and video footage, the suspects were identified and apprehended on Wednesday.

The University of Iowa released a “Hawk Alert” at 2:08 a.m. May 6 warning students to avoid the area near the intersection of South Gilbert and Burlington streets after police received reports of a large fight. A group of more than 10 persons were allegedly engaged in a violent scuffle outside of Bardot, which spilled into the middle of Gilbert Street and resulted in a trio of subjects suffering stab wounds.

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The three victims were taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The Iowa City Police Department said in a news release the fight appeared to be among people who knew each other and that there was “no direct threat” to the public.

Torres Molina was later charged and arrested for assault while participating in a felony in addition to a charge for participating in a riot. Newton is facing a charge of willful injury causing a serious injury as well as participating in a riot.

Iowa City police also announced Friday that Montelongo was arrested Wednesday for participation in a riot related to the fight.

Officers uncovered video from bystanders which depict Newton allegedly throwing several punches and body slamming a victim onto the concrete, knocking the person unconscious. The video is not clear as to who stabbed the victim, but when officers arrived, the victim was bleeding from what looked like a stab wound. Court documents say the victim was “nearly unresponsive” upon arrival.

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Torres Molina was pegged by several witnesses having been involved in the weekend fight as well. He admitted to officers having taken part in the scuffle though denied having stabbed anyone. He did admit to kicking a subject laying on the ground. Video obtained by authorities depicts Torres Molina allegedly kicking an unconscious victim who was allegedly body-slammed into the concrete by Newton.

Montelongo is seen on video allegedly chasing down various subjects during the fight and throwing punches. Video also shows the suspect allegedly running across the street to fight with another person.

Newton posted a $15,000 bond Thursday while a no contact order has been established against him to protect four persons. Torres Molina posted bond of $10,000 on Thursday while Montelongo posted bail of $5,000 on Friday.

This article originally appeared on Iowa City Press-Citizen: Suspects arrested in connection to stabbing near Bardot in Iowa City

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