Arrest made for Rep. Boswell home attack
One man has been arrested in a Saturday night home invasion on U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell‘s (D-Iowa) Lamoni farm, and authorities are looking a second, according to state investigators.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have identified the alleged getaway driver as Cody John Rollins, 19, of Lamoni. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with first degree burglary, assault, going armed with intent and three counts of first degree robbery. All are listed as felonies by the DCI.
Investigators are now looking for the man they say allegedly entered the Boswell farm, David Palmer Dewberry, 20, of Fremont, Neb. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Dewberry’s whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.
Boswell recounted yesterday the invasion, including finding the alleged intruder Dewberry holding his adult daughter, Cynthia Brown, by the neck with a gun in her face.
“I reacted like a father,” Boswell, a 77-year-old military veteran, said Monday. “That is my daughter. You’re not going to hurt my daughter.”
The two — Boswell and Dewberry — are believed to have tussled for the firearm. The Congressman suffered a cracked rib and scratches on his arm, he said.
“We’re thankful no one was killed,” he said.
The intruder fled after Boswell’s adult grandson, Mitchell Brown, appeared in the room with a loaded shotgun. The intruder fled on foot, Boswell and law enforcement said. The doors were unlocked at the time of the attack.
“He was asking for money, or he was going to shoot,” Boswell said.
Boswell’s wife, Dody, was also in the home at the time of the attack. No one was seriously injured.
Decatur Sheriff Herbert Muir is reported as saying Dewberry is the son of one of Dody Boswell’s friends, and had been to the rural Lamoni farmstead previously.