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Iowa City standoff ends peacefully, neighbors say it's a quiet neighborhood


It was a long night for Iowa City police officers that ended around 8 a.m. Saturday with the arrest of 52-year-old Troy Perkins.

"It's very warm, it's been very humid, and as you can tell it's very buggy," said Sam Hargadine, Iowa City Police Chief. "These guys have tried to rotate in and out about every half hour. When they come back you can just kind of see them collapse on the ground."

Around 7 p.m. Friday officers were called to a home on the 2500 block of Bluffwood Lane. Police say a woman said her boyfriend threatened her with a gun. She got away but Perkins was not alone in the home. His eight-year-old daughter and an 88-year-old woman were both inside. Officers say the two were never in any danger and neither were neighbors like Mark Smellie, who returned home from the movies to find police officers blocking the street.

"I won't say it's a non-event but we didn't, nobody felt threatened at all," said Smellie. "There was a swarm of police here. It was fine."

Smellie's lived in the neighborhood for nearly two decades and has never seen anything like this.

"It's very quiet," said Smellie. "That's why we live here. It's a super quiet neighborhood and this is very out of character for our neighborhood."

Officers say it's unclear what started the argument Friday night that led to the standoff. They were in contact with Perkins until around 1:30 a.m. After they got search and arrest warrants, they entered the home and found Perkins asleep.

"It would have been nice to resolve this last night," said Hargadine. "The good news is neither he or the officers were injured in any way."

Perkins' eight-year-old daughter is now staying with a family friend. Perkins had been living at the home where the standoff happened with his daughter, girlfriend, and girlfriend's mother. However, that was not the woman who said she was threatened Friday night.

Perkins has been charged with assault while displaying a weapon and harassment. He was also wanted on three outstanding warrants. He's currently in Johnson County Jail.


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