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Police: Iowa City Man Punched 78-Year-Old Anti-Abortion Protester

The man allegedly admitted to the crime and acknowledged that he had it been wrong to punch the woman. Although he also reportedly told the arresting officer that he thought being against abortion was "strange."

Man Juhn John Ma (Johnson County Jail)
Man Juhn John Ma (Johnson County Jail)

An Iowa City man has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly punching a 78-year-old woman who was holding a sign protesting abortion at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Highway 1.

According to a police report, the woman was protesting along with her husband at the intersection when at 9:09 a.m. she was approached from behind and punched, causing her pain right shoulder and arm. The woman's husband confronted the man, later identified as Man Juhn John Ma, 30, of Iowa City, and stood with him until officers arrived.

As the officer arrived, Ma, unprompted by the officer, admitted he had punched the woman and that it was wrong, according to the complaint. When advised of his Miranda rights, Ma told the officer that he understood but that he found the idea of being anti-abortion "strange." 

Ma was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. He was charged and released from the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday evening.

If this incident seems strangely familiar to those familiar with Iowa City news, that is probably because it was almost exactly one year ago when a 77-year-old woman on Highway 1 had her sign displaying a dead fetus snatched away and destroyed, leading to the arrest of another Iowa City man.

Here's a short account from that incident:

Police were called yesterday morning to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Highway 6 for the report of a disturbance on the corner. When the officer arrived, a woman told him that she was holding a political sign at the corner when she was approached by a man -- William Carl Kapp, 26, of Iowa City -- who grabbed her sign from her hands and smashed it, according to the criminal complaint.

Police say Kapp admitted to smashing the sign because he was "overwhelmingly offended that children passing by would be subjected to the image" which he described as "horrific" and "obscene."

Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 08:48 AM
"There's a new more people..." No doubt. How many sock-puppets are you up to now? Let's see...pink, O Letha...
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Joe, what do you base that completely invented falsehood on!? You owe me an apology for that statement, which I won't flag because I want it to remain so other users know the desperate depths you will plumb.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 09:56 AM
What falsehood would that be, Rick? (are you sure it's an actual falsehood and not just you not liking the facts?)
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM
I did take your suggestion and scrolled up. I didn't find anyone who are on your side....not even sure what your "side" is, anyway. Surely not the mislabeled "pro-life" (really *anti-abortion*) group, as you already claimed to support a woman's Right to choose. Surely not pro-choice, as you keep focusing on misusing the Gosnell case to push an anti-abortion agenda. So, what group are you claiming as your allies, and do they agree with that claim?
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM
"I did take your suggestion and scrolled up. I didn't find anyone who are on your side....not even sure what your "side" is, anyway." Really? Then you need to scroll up a little farther to get past all the distractions you and your cohorts have introduced. ___________________________________________________ "Surely not the mislabeled "pro-life" (really *anti-abortion*) group,..." Ah, opinions vs facts. Are you sure you know the difference, Joe? Are we supposed to accept your opinions without question as well? ___________________________________________________ "...as you already claimed to support a woman's Right to choose." Actually, I didn't, Joe. Sorry, you need to pay attention to what I actually say instead of what you want me to have said. ___________________________________________________ "Surely not pro-choice, as you keep focusing on misusing the Gosnell case to push an anti-abortion agenda." How is it being "misused", Joe? Is this just your opinion? Do you have any facts to support your opinion, or are you just stating your opinion as fact without question?
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM
He *is* recommending his own hokum....how very "special"!
maxine weimer August 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM
wasn't me!
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I scrolled up, per your suggestion....all 280+ comments.....not seeing your allies. But then, you haven't defined what camp you're actually in. Not pro-choice, not anti-abortion (or the mislabeled "pro-life" bunch either). Confused and Frightened Anti-Gub'mint Regressive Derps, perhaps?
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM
"He *is* recommending his own hokum....how very "special"!" I am, Joe? How do you know this? Joe, what do you base that completely invented falsehood on!? You owe me an apology for that statement, which I won't flag because I want it to remain so other users know the desperate depths you will plumb.
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM
"I scrolled up, per your suggestion....all 280+ comments.....not seeing your allies." Really? Then you're just being dishonest. And I can claim that without having to back it up because that's what Jeff sets as the example.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Well, Ricky, who *are* your allies? What camp are you in? Where do you stand?
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM
See above, Joe. Of course, you'll just dishonestly claim there is nothing to support that. And I can claim that you are dishonest without having to back it up because that's what Jeff sets as the example.
maxine weimer August 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM
wait a minute...because Jeff sets the example automatically means Joe is dishonest? how does that transform exactl?
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM
No, it means I can claim anyone is dishonest and not have to explain myself.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM ❝No, it means I can claim anyone is dishonest and not have to explain myself.❞ ∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵ ☞ Well, that *is* part of your usual modus operandi. ☜
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM "Well, Ricky, who *are* your allies? What camp are you in? Where do you stand?" ∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵ Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM ❝See above, Joe.❞ ☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍ I did, Rick. I didn't see where you stated, clearly and unequivocally, where you actually stand. You have stated that you support a woman's Right to choose to have an abortion, you've claimed in other threads that you're "pro-life" (which is the anti-abortion folks' preferred euphemism for "anti-abortion" even though it is inaccurate), and you claim you have "...a bunch of people who are on my side on this argument." So, I'm confused. Who are the people whom you claim are on "your side", and what, exactly, is "your side"? Are you pro-choice, or anti-abortion, or what?
Lori Morris August 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Joe, Langel's side is obtuse.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM ❝Sorry, Joe, but I've always explained why...❞ ☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍☍ Must have missed it. Perhaps you could re-explain, or share the specific DTS where you already clearly and unequivocally explained why.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Lori Morris August 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM Joe, Langel's side is obtuse. ∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵ Langel's angle may be obtuse, but his side seems to be a set with only one member: him.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I flagged the past few posts of Rick's for sheer offensive derpitude.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Violates Terms and TOS, Rick....in my opinion, and as I'm the one doing the clicking on that Flag link, my opinion is what matters at this end.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Ah, but the TOS and Terms are comprised of words and phrases and such. Hence, subject to interpretation. Just following your lead on that. So, yep, *in my opinion* violations of TOS and Terms were flagged by me.
Jeff Klinzman August 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM
One of you code monkeys needs to work on this problem: the Patch no longer lets me access older comments. I will defend Langel on one point: earlier, a user named "John" cited the example of a homicide in which a pregnant woman was a victim, then compared the case of a young woman abandoning her newborn infant with late-term abortions, as examples (which I rejected) of why abortion should be illegal. There was also at least one woman who posted in opposition to legal abortion, so Langel does have fellow travellers (snicker) here. Joe, can you discover WHO has been "recomending" Langel's posts!? It's annoying!
Jeff Klinzman August 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Okay, I just did a quick count, since I'm at a station which will let me pull up previous comments: I counted 10 anti-abortion users, most of whom posted once or twice, then baled. Looks like Langel is the only one who decided to stick around.
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
"John", you say? Hmmmm....where have I heard that name 'round here lately? Rick, what's your middle name?
Jeff Klinzman August 30, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Langel's three all-purpose responses: 1. YOU DID IT FIRST! 2. YOU MADE ME DO IT! 3. IT'S NOT MY FAULT!
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 01:10 PM ❝Now, we can keep playing these silly games (and they are fun, BTW), or we can just be honest, we can explain what we think and why, and we can play by the actual Patch rules.❞ ☍∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵ Maybe it's because I've been working outside in the hot sun, but I'm offended by most of Rick's latest droppings in the Patch Square today. Flags all around on Rick's piles, for he should not be deprived of his fun.
Jeff Klinzman August 30, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Which is closer to Langel: Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga? http://theweek.com/article/index/248713/watch-miley-cyrus-bizarre-twerking-and-4-other-vma-highlights
Jeff Klinzman August 30, 2013 at 04:09 PM
You're just mad because I wouldn't play Robin Thicke so you could show off your twerking skills...
Joe Stutler August 30, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Rick Langel August 30, 2013 at 03:55 PM ❝So, Joe, you're ok with telling people they should simply accept what you say as fact without question?❞ ☍∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵∴∵ Flagged as yet another bloody effing stupid non-question.

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