Iowa City man chased neighbors with crowbar, fought with officers, police say

Chemical spray eventually used to subdue suspect

Published: January 3 2014 | 1:14 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:36 am in
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An Iowa City man is accused of chasing his neighbors with a crowbar and fighting with police officers.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 3 p.m. Thursday, 43-year-old Keith A. Keenan got into an argument with his neighbors over where they parked. Police said the argument started with yelling, escalated to profanity and culminated with Keenan allegedly chasing his neighbors with a crowbar. Keenan allegedly took a swing at his neighbors with the crowbar; missing them, but hitting a wooden guard rail and splitting it in two.

Police arrived and, after investigating the situation, told Keenan he was under arrest for assault. Keenan tried to run into his home, but officers stopped him, police said. Police said Keenan continued to resist arrest and kicked one of the officers before being subdued with chemical spray to the face and placed in handcuffs.

Keenan was taken to the Johnson County Jail, where he faces charges of assault, assault on peace officers, interference with official acts and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

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