Police arrest one, search for second in Boswell attack

| 7/19/2011

A 19-year-old man is under arrest, and a 20-year-old is being sought by local, state and federal authorities in the home invasion and attack on U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell and his family.

Law enforcement officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Decatur (Iowa) County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Tuesday afternoon and announced the arrest.

Cody John Lyon, 19, of Lamoni, IA, was arrested Monday night. Officials said he was the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.

Authorities are still looking for David Palmer Dewberry, 20, of Fremont, NE, who was identified as the intruder in the home invasion.

Dewberry is described as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 155 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on Dewberry should contact the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office at 641-446-4111, or call 911.

Authorities also ask that the public not approach Dewberry.

According to authorities, Dewberry’s mother is “close friends” with Boswell’s wife, Dody.

Boswell, a 77-year-old Democratic member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from Iowa, fended off the 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 adult daughter, Cindy Brown, demanding money at gunpoint. 

Authorities now know that Dewberry used a BB gun during the attack.

“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 congressman’s statement.

The incident is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.