Iowa lawmaker, T&I committee member fends off home intruder

| 7/18/2011

Leonard Boswell, a 77-year-old Democratic member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from Iowa, fended off an attempted home invasion at his home in Iowa over the weekend.

An intruder came to the front door of his farmhouse in southern Iowa at approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement released by the congressman’s office.

The man allegedly entered the front door of the house and “physically assaulted” Boswell’s daughter, Cindy Brown, demanding money at gunpoint. 

“Hearing Cindy’s screams, Congressman Boswell entered the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder of his weapon,” the press release states. “While the scuffle between Congressman Boswell and the intruder was occurring, (Boswell’s grandson Mitchell Brown, 22) was able to secure a shotgun from another room. Mitchell pointed the shotgun at the intruder who then retreated into the fields around the house.”

Aside from bumps and bruises, Boswell and his family are “fine,” according to the statement.

The incident is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities. The Des Moines Register says there are unnamed suspects in the alleged invasion and attack.