[UPDATED] Arrest Made In Linn County Home Invasion That Injured Two
[UPDATE JANUARY 12, 4:10 PM]
The Linn County Sheriff's Office has announced an arrest in an assault and home invasion in Coggon Sunday night.
According to a media release, 33-year-old Brandon W. Lee of Cedar Rapids was arrested at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a home in the 2400 block of Reynolds Ave. S.W. Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, along with tactical unit deputies from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team made the arrest, without incident.
Lee has been charged with a pair of counts of First-Degree Robbery, along with two counts of Willful Injury Causing Bodily Injury. He was also charged with First-Degree Theft and Impersonating a Public Official.
Brandon Lee is being held at the Linn County Correctional Center. He will be arraigned in Cedar Rapids Thursday morning.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office says an ongoing investigation continues in the case.
[UPDATE JANUARY 10, 4 PM]
The Linn County Sheriff's Office has identified the two people injured in Sunday night's home invasion, and a description of the man who is alleged to have committed the crime has also been provided.
The two people who were injured Sunday evening are Sandra and Joseph Henderson, both 72, of Coggon. Joseph remains hospitalized at this time.
Authorities are looking for a white male with a medium build, approximately 6-feet to 6-feet three-inches tall. He reportedly told the victims that he was a law enforcement officer. He left the scene in a 4-door sedan. The make and model of the vehicle is not known, but it was light-colored.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office says it, "appears to be an isolated incident, specifically directed toward the victims and we have no reason to believe that the public is otherwise in danger."
Anyone who was on Maple Way between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday night is asked to contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office at (319) 892-6250.
[ORIGINAL STORY January 10, 9 AM] Two people were injured in a home invasion in Linn County Sunday night.
According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, a person knocked on the front door of a home in the 1800 block of Maple Way in Coggon just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday night. There were two people inside the home at the time.
When the door was answered a man showed a weapon and forced his way inside. He then demanded money and also physically assaulted the two people inside. After the assault, the man fled.
Both residents of the home were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. Information on their conditions has not been released.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the home invasion. A description of the suspect has not been released.
If someone you don't know comes to your door, law enforcement offers these tips:
- Check your lock(s)
- Check peephole or camera
- Speak to the person through the door
- If they say they need help, tell them you're calling the police for them. Then make that call.
- If you're a woman home alone, tell them you're husband or father is working on something in the home and can't come to the door.
- If you have a dog, let him speak.
- Have a two-way intercom speaker system
- Have a security camera or video surveillance
- Have an alarm system
- Get your neighborhood involved in Neighborhood Watch
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