Two Cedar Rapids men arrested in connection with a Sunday night shooting in Iowa City were trying to collect a drug debt owed to them from a deal over the summer, according to new criminal complaints made public Tuesday morning.
Peter Francis Thullen, 20, and Andrew David Meyer, 19, are accused of entering a home at 719 E. Bloomington St. in Iowa City without permission Sunday night to intimidate the victim for drug debt he owed, according to a criminal complaint.
Meyer admitted to police that he provided Thullen with the handgun that was used to first intimidate and then shoot the victim, according to the complaint.
Meyer told investigators that he saw Thullen shoot the victim with the handgun, police reported. But the victim told police that Meyer was the person who shot him, according to a complaint.
A separate witness called police to report that Thullen had admitted to being the shooter, police reported.
“The victim received emergency medical care from injuries that could have caused his death,” an officer wrote in the report.
Thullen and Meyer each face charges of first-degree burglary and going armed with intent, both felonies. They were both arrested on Monday — Meyer was arrested by SWAT officers in Cedar Rapids before noon.
Thullen has a criminal history in Iowa that includes several convictions for drug violations. Meyer’s criminal history includes a felony drug conviction in Black Hawk County, where he is a student at the University of Northern Iowa. He also has a second drug case that is still open in Black Hawk County. He’s scheduled for trial in that case on Dec. 18, according to online court records.
Facebook pages for Thullen and Meyer indicate that they graduated from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids in 2011 and are students at UNI with the class of 2015.
UNI lists Meyer as a student in its online database, but Thullen is not listed.
Thullen ran cross country in high school, according to his Facebook page and Gazette archives.