On Thursday March 29, at 8:17PM the Iowa City Police Department took a report of a sexual assault that occurred in the 1000 block of W. Benton. The adult female victim in this incident reported that she had made arrangements over the phone for a subject not know to her to view her apartment as she was seeking a sublet agreement.
As the victim was showing the suspect the bedroom he locked the bedroom door, grabbed the victim's hands and attempted to tie or handcuff her hands behind her back. The victim attempted to speak with the suspected but he put a towel into her mouth. The suspect then forced the victim to turn off her cell phone and then sexually assaulted her.
During the assault the suspect threatened that he had a knife. Before leaving, the suspect took sexually explicit photos of the victim and threatened to post them on the internet if she contacted the police.
Investigation into this incident led to identification and arrest of 21 year old Peng Tang of 923 E. College Street #8 Iowa City, IA.
Search warrants were served where evidence corroborating the events as reported by the victim were recovered.
Under advisement of Miranda warnings, Peng admitted to having committed the offense as reported by the victim.
Peng has been charged with 1st degree kidnapping, a class "A" felony punishable up to life in prison. Sexual abuse is a lesser included offense of 1st degree kidnapping.
The victim was treated and released from University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics with minor injuries.
"As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."