A homeless man is facing first-degree burglary charges after he was caught inside a Newton homeowner’s RV Friday night.
Newton police were called just before midnight in reference to a burglary in progress on West Second Street South. When officers arrived, the homeowner was on top of the suspect and the homeowner had visible injuries to his face.
The suspect, Dakota W. Cook, 24, of Newton, told police he broke into the recreational vehicle and additional vehicles and stole items to get food to eat. The items Cook said he stole were a crossbow and an air soft rifle that he had taken from the RV.
The homeowner told police he was in his yard when he saw a light on in his RV. When he opened the door of the RV, the homeowner was allegedly struck with an unknown object. Two suspects reportedly ran out of the backyard, and Cook was detained by the homeowner.
Cook told police he was the only suspect. Cook was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.
Contact Kayla Langmaid at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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