Wellman man faces charges after Iowa City burglary

Reports indicate 'prolonged struggle' to take man into custody

Published: February 17 2014 | 6:27 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:45 am in

A Wellman man is accused of breaking into an Iowa City home Sunday morning and threatening the family residing there.

Iowa City police officers were called to an east side home at 5:36 a.m. for a report of a man breaking into a home and threatening a woman and her daughter inside. Responding officers discovered the door to the residence was kicked in and a vehicle was running in the driveway.

Police discovered 37-year-old Martin F. Hammen inside and screaming at the family. Police said Hammen admitted to breaking into the home when he had no right to do so and threatening to kill the woman.

Hammen refused to comply with officers commands and fled to an area of the home where a young girl was hiding under the covers, police said. Police said they tried to persuade Hammen to get away from the girl, but he did not comply, so they forcibly took him into custody. Hammen resisted arrest and there was a "prolonged struggle" near where the girl was hiding.

Police took Hammen into custody and transported him to the Iowa City Police Department. He was handcuffed to a bench in the police department, became agitated and ripped the bench out of the floor, police said.

Hammen faces charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree harassment, child endangerment without injury, domestic assault, interference with official acts and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

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