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UPDATE: Police arrest escaped prisoner in Davenport

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) --  An inmate who escaped from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics has been found in Davenport. Davenport police say Anthony Michael Koehlhoeffer carjacked a woman near Dick's Sporting Goods on Elmore Avenue in Davenport. He was then spotted by law enforcement about a mile and a half away and then crashed the car, flipping it. He was taken away by ambulance shortly after 6 p.m.

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Koehlhoeffer for 3rd Degree Kidnapping with a $1 million dollar bond. Additional charges are be possible. Police say Koehlhoeffer has been on the run all day.  A woman in Iowa City says she was carjacked and forced to drive the suspect to Davenport Wednesday morning. The woman was not harmed and returned to Iowa City and talked to police. The woman says she was not threatened with a weapon.

Before that, at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Iowa City police received a report of a car jacking in the 2800 block of Commerce Drive.  That vehicle was in an accident near Highway 6, and a man matching Koehlhoeffer's description was seen running from the area.

As a result, schools on the southeast side of Iowa City were placed on lock down as a precaution.

The University of Iowa sent out Hawk Alerts to students, faculty and staff.

Police say Koehlhoeffer is charged with first-degree robbery of the Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Packwood.


Witnesses say they saw Koehlhoffer Tuesday night.
Lauren Starkey and her boyfriend were outside the hospital when they saw a man force a student out of her car, and then drive off.

''He was obviously overbearing, a lot bigger than she was so he got in the car and left,'' she said.

Officials say the victim of the assault was not seriously hurt.

Early Wednesday morning, a man in a hospital gown struck a convenient store on Iowa City's southeast side.
''I had some other customers come in and next thing I know he's outside getting into one of my regular's car and taking off,'' said Chuck Dietz, owner of the convenient store.

The man, believed by police to be Koehlhoeffer, crashed the stolen car a few blocks later and fled.

Just a few hours after that, police received a report of another carjacking.
Police say a woman was forced to drive the suspect to Davenport.
She was not hurt, and no weapons were displayed.

 

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