GARNER | A third person has been charged in connection with a Hancock County robbery and burglary case dating back to July.

Samuel Christopher Swanson, 18, who was extradited to North Iowa from Portland, Maine, is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $211,000 bond.

Swanson has been charged with seven counts of felony first-degree robbery involving eight men, one woman and one juvenile, according to court documents, as well as two counts of felony second-degree burglary, felony intimidation with a dangerous weapon and three counts of misdemeanor assault with a dangerous weapon.

The charges relate to several incidents during the late evening and early morning hours of July 30-31, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Dodd said.

Swanson was involved in a burglary where a structure in rural Garner was broken into and guns were stolen, Dodd said, and robberies during a party at a Klemme farm.

There were shots fired during the robbery but no one was injured, Dodd said, but one person was hit in the head with a gun and required stitches.

Personal items were stolen, including cash and possibly cell phones, according to Dodd.

Swanson’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Hancock County District Court.

Additional charges have been filed against two others allegedly involved in the case.

Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 20, and Isaiah Zion Lewis, 17, were initially charged with felony first-degree robbery after law enforcement said they attempted to rob two men at gunpoint during the party. They were arrested in Britt July 31.

The Globe Gazette is identifying Lewis as he is charged with a felony in adult court.

Lewis is accused of tapping one person on the shoulder with an “AR15-type” rifle, court documents say, and Valentine is accused of putting a handgun in another person’s chest.

“Both victims were told to empty their pockets,” the complaints state. “Neither victim had any property on them.”

Valentine and Lewis have now been charged with seven counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Additionally, Valentine is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary while Lewis faces one count of second-degree burglary.

Valentine is being held on a $127,000 bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. Lewis is being held in Central Iowa Juvenile Detention in Eldora. 

Both have entered written pleas of not guilty. A jury trial for Valentine and Lewis has been scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Hancock County Courthouse.


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