Woman uses gun to scare Coalville intruder

COALVILLE – A woman who was the victim of a Coalville home invasion Wednesday fired a gun, causing the intruder to flee.

The unidentified suspect got away and is still at large.

He is described as a bald white man with a stocky build wearing a white tank top, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

The man forced his way into the home at 23578 Garfield Ave. shortly before noon, Stubbs said.

The woman, who was not identified by the sheriff’s department, told authorities that after the man broke in she struggled with the suspect until she was able to run to a back bedroom and get her gun.

She then fired at the suspect, causing him to run from the home.

Stubbs said deputies are continuing to investigate the case and attempt to identify the suspect.

Wednesday’s incident is the second time in two months that a gun was fired at an intruder in Coalville.

On June 1, Dean Henderson, who lives at 24408 Nelson Ave., was assaulted with a knife during a robbery attempt at his home.

Henderson was able to shoot the suspect.

The injured man fled the scene. He was later found on Mill Road and was taken to an undisclosed hospital, where he continues to undergo treatment for his injuries.

On Wednesday, Stubbs declined to say what the injured man in the Henderson case is being treated for, but he described his condition as “very serious.”

That suspect, who remains unidentified, will be charged once he is released from the hospital.

Stubbs stressed that the incident from June and the one from Wednesday are unrelated.

“I want to make sure that nobody connects these two,” Stubbs said. “There’s no way they’re connected.”

The investigation into Wednesday’s incident is ongoing.

“We need the public’s assistance, and it would be of great value,” Stubbs said. “Any information will not be considered too little information. Whatever somebody may have, we will look into it and follow up on it.”

Anyone who may have seen something related to Wednesday’s Coalville home invasion is asked to call the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at 573-1410 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and detectives from the Fort Dodge Police Department.