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HAWK ALERT MALE SUSPECT WITH GUN AT ELRAYS ON IOWA AVE SHORT BLACK MALE IN ALL BLACK WEARING A SKI MASK AVOID THE AREA see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

HAWK ALERT MALE SUSPECT WITH GUN AT ELRAYS ON IOWA AVE SHORT BLACK MALE IN ALL BLACK WEARING A SKI MASK AVOID THE AREA see e.uiowa.edu for further information.

Situation Update(s): 

Situation update: At this time, police are in search of a suspect who displayed a weapon when kicked out of bar. No shots fired. See e.uiowa.edu for further information and updates.

07/31/2022 - 12:36am

Hawk Alert Update: ICPD has suspect in custody. Resume normal activities. See e.uiowa.edu for further information.

07/31/2022 - 12:57am
Status: 
Closed - Arrest Made
Notes: 

Iowa City Police arrest armed subject Sunday morning

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 31, 2022, Iowa City Police were called to El Ray's Live and Dive, 211 E. Iowa Ave., for an armed subject who threatened bar staff with a gun after being kicked out of the establishment.

Officers located the subject - later identified as 18-year-old Alex Bwayonga - and took him into custody. A stolen firearm was located on the subject. During the course of his arrest, Bwayonga appeared to exhibit signs of a medical emergency. Bwayonga was given care at the scene and evaluated at an area hospital before his arrest.

Bwayonga faces the following charges:

  • Assault While Displaying A Dangerous Weapon
  • Intimidation With A Dangerous Weapon
  • Interference With Official Acts
  • Trafficking in a Stolen Weapon Used in a Crime
  • Use of a Dangerous Weapon in the Commission of a Crime

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Full release from the Iowa City Police Department