Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Saturday, August 11, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Law Enforcement Arrest One Subject in Southern Iowa Home Invasion, Seek Additional Suspects

Leon, IOWA --- On August 10, 2012, at 10:32 PM, the Leon Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, and Iowa State Patrol were dispatched to 706 NE 2nd Street in Leon after a report of multiple armed intruders inside the home.

Upon arrival law enforcement witnessed multiple people flee the home in question.

During a search of the area surrounding 706 NE 2nd Street, officers found 24 year old William Edward Crawford-Beveridge of Urbandale, hiding on the property. Crawford-Beveridge was taken into custody without further incident.  He has subsequently been charged with one count of Robbery in the First Degree (Class B Felony), one count of Burglary in the First Degree (Class B Felony), and four counts of Unlawful Imprisonment (Serious Misdemeanor).   Crawford-Beveridge is currently being held in the Decatur County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Complaint & Affidavit

William Crawford-Beveridge

William Edward Crawford-Beveridge

Those inside the home suffered only minor injuries.

The Leon Police Department is actively seeking the other people involved in the home invasion. Anyone with information on the identity of others involved in the home invasion is asked to contact the Leon Police Department at 641-446-7733, or the Division of Criminal Investigation at 515-725-6010.

The Leon Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Lamoni Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Adams County Sheriff's Department, Cass County Sheriff's Department, Clarke County Sheriff's Department, Ringgold County Sheriff's Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Osceola Police Department, Urbandale Police Department, West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

For questions, please contact Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger at 515-323-4360.

Please note a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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