5 arrested after alleged Lake Mills burglary, assault

Published 1:59 pm Friday, January 18, 2013

LAKE MILLS — A Lake Mills man suffered welts to his back and blows to his ribs and head Thursday night after three Albert Lea residents reportedly broke into his home.

Twenty-year-old Jaimyan DaVeiga said he was getting ready to go to sleep Thursday at about 10 p.m. when he heard a knock on the front door of his home, 104 N. First Ave. E., and found three men demanding to come inside.

“I was more in shock, startled,” said DaVeiga, who is the son of Tribune Classified Account Executive Michelle DaVeiga. “I didn’t really know what was going on at the moment. I tried my best to keep them out of the house, but they really wanted to come inside. Eventually I saw that they had a weapon, so I stepped back and they came inside.”

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Though he declined to comment about much that took place in the house after that point, he said he called 911 when the intruders left. Shortly after, Lake Mills police arrested three men and two women at the Casey’s convenience store across the street.

Lake Mills police identified the men who were arrested as David Rodriguez, Spencer Edwards and Cory Doyle. They have been charged with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, and assault while participating in a felony, a Class D felony, according to a news release.

The two women arrested were Cassandra Slater and Tanelle Roberts, also of Albert Lea, who have been charged with aiding and abetting first-degree burglary, a Class B felony, according to the release.

They were taken to the Winnebago County Jail and held on a $25,000 bond each.

DaVeiga was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and has since been released.

He said he is glad things weren’t worse and noted that most of the items that had been taken from the residence have since been recovered.

He commended the Lake Mills police who responded.

Lake Mills Police Chief David Thomas declined to release any other details.

The release stated the case remains under investigation.

Look to the Tribune for more information on this case as it becomes available.