UPDATE: An Iowa City suspect faces a charge of terrorism and other charges after an incident Tuesday at the Guidelink Center in Iowa City.
The suspect assaulted staff and, once officers arrived on scene the suspect continued to be combative with law enforcement officer, a news release update says. The suspect was then transported to the hospital for evaluation, the release says.
During this incident, the suspect left a backpack on scene with suspicious contents. The Johnson County Metro Bomb Team safely removed the suspicious package which contained incendiary materials with an attached fuse, the release says.
A search warrant was conducted at the suspect’s residence on the 300 block of South Dubuque Street, Iowa City. Items were located in the residence that were consistent with the incendiary materials found at the GuideLink Center, the release says.
Nezzy Underscore Conway, 23, is in custody at the Johnson County Jail awaiting his initial appearance. Conway is charged with possession of incendiary or explosive device and an outstanding warrant for fourth-degree criminal mischief-failure to appear in an unrelated incident.
Conway is also being charged by University of Iowa Police with terrorism and possession of incendiary or explosive device from a related investigation, the release says.
Additional charges are expected by Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa City Police from the ongoing investigation, the release says.
A copy of the criminal complaints will be made available Friday morning on the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office website.
EARLIER: On Tuesday, July 5, Iowa City Police responded to GuideLink Center at 300 Southgate Ave., Iowa City, according to a news release.
Law enforcement was called to GuideLink Center after an individual came into the building and began to physically assault staff members, according to a news release.
Once officers arrived on the scene the individual began assaulting law enforcement officers and was detained by officers. “During this incident a backpack was left on scene at the GuideLink Center by the individual,” the release says.
The Johnson County Metro Bomb Team has removed the suspicious package and the scene has been determined to be safe, the release says.
Follow-up investigation regarding this incident was conducted at Capitol House Apartments on the 300 block of South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, a later news release says.
“During the investigation some occupants were evacuated from the building. All occupants have been allowed to return to the building at this time. There are still officers on scene, as this is an active investigation,” the release says. “There is no threat to the community. Additional information will be released (Wednesday.)”
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa City Police Department, University of Iowa Police, Johnson County Metro Bomb Team, Iowa City Fire Department, Johnson County Emergency Management, and Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center.
“This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available,” the release says. The GuideLink Center will remain closed until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The Guidelink Center, according to its website, is a welcoming center offering urgent mental-health and substance-use care. Its goal is to provide easier access to immediate, onsite assessment and stabilization—outside of a hospital setting—for those 18 years and older who are experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis.