DES MOINES, Iowa – The family of a couple assaulted during home invasion on July 2 has released a statement about the attack. One of the victims later died from injuries sustained during the assault.
Harriet Anderson, 94, called police at 7:44 p.m. saying a young man broke into their home, assaulting her and her husband, Rupert Anderson. Paramedics took Rupert to the hospital where he died. Rupert was 97-years-old.
“The family of Rupert (Andy) and Harriet Anderson thank all who share their grief. The tragic death of Andy came as we prepared to celebrate his 98th birthday,” the statement said. “We are grateful that Harriet, our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, is expected to recover from the head wounds.”
Ngor Makuey , 19, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the case. His bail has been set at $1-million.
Des Moines police said Makuey lived a short distance from the victims’ home at 4653 Hubbell Ave and had no history with the police department.
During a preliminary hearing Thursday morning, Makuey’s appointed attorney asked him to stop jingling his chains numerous times. Makuey rolled his eyes and eventually stopped. Makuey is not a U.S. citizen. He is from Ethiopia. Makuey requested the judge notify the Ethiopian Consulate of the arrest.
Police said they haven’t yet established a motive.