UPDATE: Congressman Boswell fights off armed intruder at Iowa farm house

2011-07-17T09:45:00Z 2011-07-19T13:25:52Z UPDATE: Congressman Boswell fights off armed intruder at Iowa farm house Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
July 17, 2011 9:45 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --- A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell's Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman's office. No one was seriously injured.

The incident started about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when an armed man came in through the front door, attacked Boswell's daughter, Cindy Brown, and demanded money, the statement said. Boswell, 77, heard his daughter's screams, came into the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder.

As they struggled, Boswell's grandson, Mitchell Brown, got a shotgun from another room. When he pointed the shotgun at the intruder, the man fled into the fields around the house outside Lamoni.

Boswell's wife, Dody Boswell, 75, also was home during the attack. His spokesman Grant Woodard said the whole family is safe and unhurt, aside from some scrapes and bruises.

The family is shaken up, but "they're dealing with it pretty well," Woodard said Sunday morning.

He deferred other questions to the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating along with the FBI and other agencies. Sheriff Herbert Muir wasn't available for comment Sunday morning.

Boswell, a Democrat, has represented Iowa's 3rd District for eight terms in Congress. He is expected to face a challenge next year from Republican Rep. Tom Latham, who is moving into the district to avoid running against Republican Rep. Steve King after their territories were merged during once-per-decade redistricting that follows each census.

Iowa is going from five to four congressional seats because its population growth hasn't kept pace with the rest of the nation. The new 3rd District will include Des Moines and 16 counties in southwest Iowa.


LAMONI, Iowa --- An armed intruder broke into the farm home of Congressman Leonard Boswell Saturday night, assaulted Boswell's daughter and wrestled with the congressman before he fled.

The information about the incident was released this morning by the Congressman's office.

Here is the statement:

"At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, there was an attemped home invation at Congressman Leonard Boswell's farm outside of Lamoni, Iowa. At the house at the time was Congressman Boswell, Dody Boswell, his daughter, Cindy Brown, and grandson, Mitchell Brown.

"The intruder entered the front door of the farm house and physically assaulted Cindy while demanding money at gunpoint. Hearing Cindy's screams, Congressman Boswell entered the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder of his weapon. While the scuffle between Congressman Boswell and the intruder was occurring, Mitchell was able secure a shotgun from another room. Mitchell pointed the shotgun at the intruder who then retreated into the fields around the house.

"Besides scrapes and bruises, Congressman Boswell and his family are fine.

"The Decatur County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating the incident along with state and federal authorities.

"Congresssman Boswell would like to express his sincere thanks to all the members of the law enforcement community who have worked through the night on this matter."

More details will be released as they become available.

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(12) Comments

  1. first amendment
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    first amendment - July 18, 2011 12:21 pm
    So avee, are you leading the investigation? Otherwise, why would you need all that many details? Unless you just like to be nosy.
  2. avee
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    avee - July 18, 2011 8:15 am
    I do think it really strange that there is no description of the criminal or the type of gun. Don't they want the publics help? I would like to see some media follow up.
  3. I Scream In The Sun
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    I Scream In The Sun - July 17, 2011 11:25 pm
    oldbritiron, it was an armed intruder too, y'know, so it's not really a story about guns in a positive light. Guns were being used both for good (defense) and evil (crime) in this same story. Take away the guns and you would have still had an intruder and having to fight him off. Putting guns in both parties' hands simply elevated the risks for both parties.

    Not saying I don't sleep within arms reach of several loaded firearms... just saying that it is inaccurate to say that a story about an armed criminal breaking in puts guns in a "positive light" just because it was met with guns in defense.
  4. Chad
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    Chad - July 17, 2011 7:41 pm
    As usual, people commenting without having any idea of what they are talking about. This DEM has been given an A rating by the NRA. It better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it. So some research people.
  5. GodBlessAmerica
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    GodBlessAmerica - July 17, 2011 3:57 pm
    Betcha think havin a gun is a good idea, huh buddy!?!?!?
  6. Yout
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    Yout - July 17, 2011 3:57 pm
    Kinda peculiar that there is no description...isn't it? Why not? Did the Congressman not see the bad guy? How are others supposed to protect themselves from another home invasion without a description?

    Btw Home Invasions are incredibly dangerous and the congressman was very lucky to still be with us.
  7. Ryan-IA
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    Ryan-IA - July 17, 2011 2:18 pm
    cynicalme said: "Go ahead and tell us--it was a Tea Party activist, right?"

    You don't know that. To speculate without evidence is irresponsible. I hope they release a description soon, if the offender isn't caught, he will move on to another, softer target.
  8. slipstream
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    slipstream - July 17, 2011 11:10 am
    A Democrat had a shotgun in the house? Will they boot him from the party?
  9. oldbritiron
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    oldbritiron - July 17, 2011 10:54 am
    It's refreshing to see a story about guns in a positive light. It's even more uplifting to see that the people we've elected into office are exercising their 2nd Amendment right and setting a good example for gun owners of the state and country.
  10. bo1505
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    bo1505 - July 17, 2011 10:53 am
    I'll add to cynicalme's comment...

    **gasp** a democrat lawmaker has a shotgun in his house! I'm shocked!
  11. 1x2x3q
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    1x2x3q - July 17, 2011 10:47 am
    Why did this liberal have a gun in his house? Is it ok for liberals to have guns but not the rest of us?
  12. cynicalme
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    cynicalme - July 17, 2011 8:52 am
    Go ahead and tell us--it was a Tea Party activist, right?
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