Cass County K-9 unit assists in search for home invasion suspects


August 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County K-9 unit was one of several agencies from southwest and southern Iowa, who were called to assist in the search for several suspects, following a reported home invasion Friday night, in the south central Iowa community of Leon. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports the Leon Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, and Iowa State Patrol were dispatched to 706 NE 2nd Street in Leon at around 10:30-p.m. Friday, following a report of multiple armed intruders inside the home. Upon arrival law enforcement witnessed multiple people flee the residence, which was occupied by a 26-year old woman, and her children, ages 10, 4 and 3.

Police say the men, who were armed with a bow and arrow, a long gun and other weapons, demanded drugs, money and guns. The woman and children suffered minor injuries. The men kept the woman and children separated, but she managed to call her husband on a hidden cellphone.

Captured suspect William Crawford Beveridge

A neighbor who checked the house saw a masked man inside and called police. Officers arrested 24-year-old William Edward Crawford-Beveridge, of Urbandale when they arrived, but the others ran and were not caught.

The Leon Police Department is actively seeking as many as three other people involved in the home invasion. Anyone with information on the identity of others involved in the incident is asked to contact the Leon Police Department, or the Division of Criminal Investigation at 515-725-6010. Authorities said the investigation involved Leon police, the DCI, the Iowa State Patrol, sheriff’s departments in Decatur, Adams, Cass, Clarke, Ringgold and Wayne counties, and police from Lamoni, Osceola, Urbandale and West Des Moines.