Thursday, March 31, 2011

Man who led police on an 18-hour chase back in jail

Three-and-a-half months after he led authorities on an 18-hour chase that began at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a Bettendorf man is back in Johnson County to face charges. Anthony M. Koehlhoeffer, 20, of Bettendorf was booked in the Johnson County Jail Wednesday on charges of third-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. Koehlhoeffer was awaiting trial on 11 charges – including first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and assault on a peace officer – when he was transported from Jefferson County to UIHC on Dec. 14 to receive treatment. Somehow, Koehlhoeffer was able to escape from the hospital. According to a University of Iowa Police criminal complaint, Koehlhoeffer – dressed only in a hospital gown and sandals - initially ran to the nearby Reinow Residence Hall. Koehlhoeffer allegedly told an occupant of a car to “get the (explicative) out.” Police said the victim, a female UI student, was punched several times in the face during a struggle before Koehlhoeffer fled in her car. Police said Koehlhoeffer stole an unoccupied car in the Hawkeye convenience store parking lot at 5:34 a.m., hit another car in the parking lot, and then wrecked the car a few blocks away.

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