One man is in jail and another is being sought in connection with a home invasion at Congressman Leonard Boswell’s home in southern Iowa late Saturday night. The Decatur County Sheriff’s office reports 19-year-old Cody Rollins of Lamoni was arrested Monday night.
Another man, 20-year-old David Dewberry of Fremont, Nebraska, remains on the loose. Congressman Boswell’s communications director, Jane Slusark says authorities identified Rollins as the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident, while Dewberry was the intruder in the home invasion.
Boswell told reporters Monday that a man wearing a ski mask entered his home, demanded money and pointed a gun at his daughter. The 77-year-old Boswell suffered a broken rib and bruises when he wrestled with the suspect and fell down some stairs. Boswell’s grandson then appeared with a shotgun and the suspect fled into the night.
Authorities say the intruder, later identified as Dewberry, left behind a BB gun that looked like a real gun. Slusark says Boswell’s wife, Dody, knew Dewberry and his mother from the time Dody Boswell was a teacher. “Mr. Dewberry used to live in Lamoni, although his last residence was in Nebraska. Apparently, he had been at the Boswell house and met them through (Mrs. Boswell’s) relationship with the school and the community,” Slusark said.
At this point, investigators do not believe that Congressman Boswell was targeted in the home invasion. Federal charges could be filed in the case if it’s found Dewberry and Rollins intentionally attacked a U.S. congressman.
“They said they only have one suspect’s story right and they’re waiting until they have Mr. Dewberry in custody to figure out the other part of the story. They’ll work from there to determine if federal charges will be leveled or not,” Slusark said.
Dewberry could also face federal charges if he fled over state lines to avoid arrest. Rollins, who was arrested at his family’s home, is facing felony charges of 1st degree burglary, 1st degree robbery, assault while participating in a felony and going armed with intent.
Congressman Leonard Boswell returned to Washington, D.C. today. He released the following statement:
“With today’s new developments, I know my family and my neighbors around the farm will rest easier with a suspect identified and another individual already under arrest. I have returned to my job in Washington, and I am confident in the authorities handling the investigation back in Iowa.”