Family of Victims in Deadly Home Invasion Release Statement

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CaptureDES 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.

2 comments

  • Holla

    C’mon Channel 13, post the whole thing… Bye Bye Ngor!

    “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.

    “We are grateful that Harriet, our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, is expected to recover from the head wounds. With the help of their grandson and his wife who run the kennel and live next door, and other family members and caregivers, Andy and Harriet lived in their home since 1947.

    “They built Vista Kennels, bred and showed Boxers and created beautiful gardens. Vista Kennels was primarily Harriet’s business while Andy was office manager at AE Dairy and a master gardener.

    “We thank the Des Moines police for their care and diligent work on this case. During this difficult time, we appreciate respect for our privacy.”

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