Wife under attack, Husband fends off home invaders with samurai sword

4 locals charged with Odebolt home invasion

The Sac County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people after investigating a home invasion that occurred on Jan. 19 at 2 a.m. at 536 Second St. in Odebolt.

 Sheriff Ken McClure says that deputies were notified by Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove on Jan. 20 that a 53-year-old woman was in the emergency department with injuries she sustained when three intruders entered her Odebolt apartment and assaulted her.

As a result of the assault, the victim received several broken bones and lacerations.

According to the sheriff’s office, three men wearing hoodies and masks over their faces arrived at the woman’s apartment around 2 a.m. on Jan. 19. After she answered the knock at the door, the men forced their way in to her apartment and immediately assaulted her. The woman’s husband heard the commotion and found the three in the kitchen. The husband held off the three with a Samurai sword. One of the men lost his mask and the husband knew the intruder as Jordan Brunning, 20, of Alta. The three intruders fled the home on foot.

 The Sac and Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Jordan Brunning’s home at 718 Main St. in Alta on Jan. 21.

During the search, items of evidentiary value were seized.

Brunning was arrested by Sac County authorities and charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony; willful injury resulting in bodily injury, a class C felony; and assault while participating in a felony resulting in bodily injury, also a class C felony. Brunning made an initial appearance and his bond was set at $44,000 cash. He bonded out of jail on Jan. 22.

 Three other people were identified as being involved: Dalton Sassman, 18, of Storm Lake; Whitney Ackerman, 20, of Storm Lake and a 17-year-old boy of Storm Lake.

The night of Jan. 22, Storm Lake Police stopped a car leaving Walmart after the officer identified Dalton Sassman inside. Officers located Whitney Ackerman and the teen also in the car. Sac County Sheriff’s officials went to Storm Lake and, after interviewing Sassman and Ackerman, arrested the trio.

 Dalton Sassman and the 17-year-old were charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony; willful injury resulting in bodily injury, a class C felony; and assault while participating in a felony resulting in bodily injury, also a class C felony.

The 17-year-old is being held in the Sac County Jail because first-degree burglary is a forcible felony.  Ackerman was charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, a class C felony; and two counts of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, both class D felonies.  The teen’s bond was set at $50,000 and Ackerman’s set at $10,000.  Sassman has not yet made an appearance.

 Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the Storm Lake Police Department assisted in the investigation.