Downtown Iowa City stabbing suspect in custody

University of Iowa student identified as suspect in several tips from public

March 28, 2014 | 2:41 pm

UPDATE: Iowa City police have arrested an 18-year-old University of Iowa student in connection with the weekend stabbing of two men near downtown.

Gabriel E. Badding was taken into custody by the Western Illinois University police in Macomb, Ill. about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on an Iowa City warrant, according to a news release. Iowa City police learned of Badding as a possible suspect following tips from the public.

Badding, of Oak Park, Ill., is listed as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student at the UI, living in Burge Residence Hall. He's facing charges of willful injury causing serious injury and willful injury, both felonies. He’s being held in the McDonough County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He’s awaiting extradition to Iowa, according to Iowa City police.

The alleged stabbing occurred at 1:57 a.m. Sunday when two men said they had been stabbed in an altercation near the intersection of Dubuque and Washington streets.

One victim suffered several stab wounds to the torso area, two of which were near vital organs, according to police. The second suffered a deep stab wound to the upper arm when he tried to intervene to help the first victim, police reported.

None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, and the men were taken to the UI Hospitals and Clinics for treatment.

The UI issued a Hawk Alert immediately after the stabbing, generating several calls to the Iowa City Police Department identifying Badding as a possible suspect, police reported. Subsequent investigation has confirmed Badding’s identity, involvement and possible location in Illinois, police reported.

Iowa City police contacted the Western Illinois University Police, who found Badding’s vehicle parked on campus. When they found him, they took him into custody without incident, Iowa City police reported.

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