Iowa congressman helps fight off home invasion

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Posted: Jul 17, 2011 12:38 PM
Iowa congressman helps fight off home invasion

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - An eight-term congressman from Iowa helped fight off an armed man who invaded his farm house in Decatur County and attacked his daughter on Saturday night, according to a statement from his office.

The attack occurred around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday at a farm in Lamoni, where Representative Leonard Boswell, a Democrat who represents Iowa's third congressional district, was spending the weekend with his wife, daughter and grandson.

The unidentified armed intruder entered the front door and assaulted Boswell's daughter, demanding money.

Hearing the commotion, Boswell went to the door and attempted to disarm the intruder, according to the statement.

While the two scuffled, Boswell's grandson grabbed a shotgun from a nearby room and confronted the intruder, who then fled into the surrounding field.

No one was seriously injured in the attack.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Department and state and federal authorities are investigating.

(Writing by James B. Kelleher)