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Police: NFL lineman, former Hawkeye assaulted in apparent downtown sucker punch

[ 0 ] June 11, 2012 |

FILE - Iowa's Rob Bruggeman(58) hoists Derrell Johnson-Koulianos after scoring a touchdown against Minnesota during the second half of their game Saturday November 22, 2008, in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. Iowa defeated Minnesota 55-0. (Rodney White / The Register)

Rob Bruggeman

A Kansas City Chiefs lineman and former University of Iowa football player was allegedly assaulted in downtown Des Moines early Sunday morning.

Robert Bruggeman, 26, was walking down Court Avenue around 1:50 a.m. near Erwin Arturo Castro-Cortez, 28, police said.

Officers said they saw Castro-Cortez shove Bruggeman. When Bruggeman turned around, Castro-Cortez allegedly punched him in the face.

Police who saw the incident said the attack was unprovoked. Bruggeman had a cut to his upper lip and complained of pain around his nose and mouth.

He refused medical attention.

While officers were investigating, Juan Manuel Sarceno-Barrera, 23, approached them and refused to leave when the officers asked him multiple times to step back.

Juan Sarceno-Barrera

Erwin Castro-Cortez

Castro-Cortez and Sarceno-Barrera both showed signs of intoxication, police said. Both were uncooperative and refused breath tests, authorities said.

Castro-Cortez was charged with assault causing bodily injury, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Sarceno-Barrera was charged with interference with official acts and public intoxication.

Bruggeman, a Cedar Rapids native, joined the Hawkeyes as a walk-on freshman in 2004. He was a second-team All-Big Ten center in 2008, his lone year as a starter for the Hawkeyes. His rise to prominence came blocking for Doak Walker Award-winning running back Shonn Greene.

In 2009, he signed with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent, but saw only preseason action. Bruggeman spent the past two seasons as a member of the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad before being released, and eventually signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.


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