Three teens charged in home invasion

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 12, 2009 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police charged three teens for allegedly breaking into a residence and assaulting and robbing the residents on Monday.

Loel Howieson II, 19, Lucas Pumfrey, 16, and Artis Mason III, 17, were each charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, going armed with intent and assault while participating in a felony.

According to reports, the three masked men allegedly entered the Muscatine Avenue apartment with a steak knife and a large stick. Once inside, the men demanded cash, property, and began stealing items when a “struggle ensued,” police said. During the struggle, one of the victims was cut on the hand, according to reports.

The victim was treated at a hospital and received 20 stitches on his hand. The other two victims were not injured.

All three teens were being held at the Johnson County Jail Wednesday evening, each with a $200,000 cash-only bond.

First-degree robbery and burglary are Class B felonies, generally punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Assault while participating in a felony is a Class C felony, generally punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Going armed with intent is a Class D felony, generally punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.

Police said the incident is still under investigation and additional charges are pending.

— by Marleen Linares

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