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Two arrested in North Liberty after breaking into wrong home

NORTH LIBERTY– Police arrested two suspects for allegedly breaking into a North Liberty residence during the evening hours Tuesday, April 4.
According to the complaint, North Liberty police responded to a residence on Whipple Court around 7 p.m. after receiving a report from a homeowner that someone had entered a back window well. Officers determined that 18-year-old Sammy I. Hamed of Coralville was attempting to gain entry into the wrong residence. Reports state that 19-year-old Mohamed A. Elsemeih, a resident of Whipple Court in North Liberty, stood by as Hamed broke in.
Hamed faces charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of alcohol under the legal age, while Elsemeih was charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found marijuana and other drug paraphernalia on his person during the attempted break-in.
A warrant was also out for Hamed’s arrest for charges related to a traffic stop in December 2016. According to Coralville police, Hamed was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by officers in relation to a weapons-related offense. Hamed was subsequently charged with a controlled substance violation, a Class D felony. After the vehicle was towed and searched, marijuana was discovered in Hamed’s backpack, which he later admitted to possessing. A semiautomatic handgun and a revolver were also found in the vehicle, but Hamed denied knowledge of the weapons.
If convicted of all charges, Hamed could face up to 6 years in prison and/or jail and more than $8,000 in fines. Elsemeih’s charges could result in up to one year in jail and $1,875 in fines.