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Police say Iowa City woman was choked to unconsciousness

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Police say an Iowa City woman was choked to the point of unconsciousness be her boyfriend on Sunday afternoon.

Refugio Varela-Romero, 24, is charged with Domestic Abuse/Assault Without Intent Causing Injury along with Interference with Official Acts after police say he got in a fight with his girlfriend and choked her.

According to the police report, the victim lost consciousness and woke up with her friend standing over her.  She said she didn't know how long she had been unconscious, but said that Varela-Romero was gone when she woke up.

He was leaving the apartment when officers arrived.  He took off on a bike when he saw them.  Officers had to chase him down on foot.

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