Man in Iowa City charged with terrorism, leaving explosives behind

An Iowa City man has been charged with terrorism after police said he left a backpack containing incendiary materials and a connected fuse at the Guidelink Center on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of that building and, later, a downtown apartment complex.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Wednesday afternoon stating that the Nezzy Underscore had arrested and charged Conway, 23, with possession of an incendiary or explosive device, a Class C felony, and an open warrant for 4th degree criminal mischief for failing to compliance with appearing in an unrelated incident. Conway is also indicted by the University of Iowa Police Department for terrorism, a Class B felony, and possession of an incendiary or explosive device from a related investigation.

A criminal complaint filed by the UI Police Department on Wednesday alleges that police were called to the College of Public Health at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday for a potentially incendiary device plugged into an external electrical outlet that appeared to have been singed from which someone was attempting it on fire.

Law enforcement officers from the Iowa City Police Department and Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad respond to a call following the evacuation of the Capitol House Apartments at 320 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City on Tuesday.

The device was secured with a bright yellow or green tape, the same one that was later found in a backpack left at the Guidelink Center and at Conway’s apartment. Above the outlet on the wall was the word “HELP” written with what appeared to be soot or ash.

Police say a notebook was found with the following statement: “Use incendiary bombs to destroy the electrical box at the courthouse.” They say it was signed with Conway’s name.

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