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Man enters home, wraps shirt around homeowner's head, robs him

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A man has been arrested after police say he broke into another man's home in rural Solon, wrapped a shirt around the victim's face, and robbed him.

On the morning of July 17, around 7 a.m., Jack Dvorsky said he was sitting in his recliner in his living room watching television and didn't know that a man had come in behind him through the garage.

"He come around the backside of me and put that t-shirt over head, squeezed it down on my neck, and I about jumped out of my skin. He said 'don't move,' and I just grabbed it and ripped it off," Dvorsky said.

Dvorsky said the man, who police identified as Lonnie Clark of Webster City, told him he had papers to show him and pretended to use the bathroom before going through rooms of the house. He said he tried to call for help, but Clark took both his cell and house phone away from him.

 "He kept telling me 'I don't want to hurt you,'" he said.

A past tragedy in Dvorsky's life actually helped him in the situation.  12 years ago, Dvorsky was hit by a drunk driver, leaving him disabled. It led him to come up with a little white lie to get Clark to leave. He said he told him that his nurse was on the way to the house, which led Clark to leave quickly. Dvorsky followed him first to the window and then outside, to try and get his license plate number and a description of his car.

"He saw me and stopped and came running back in and grabbed the paper and pencil and threw it, and he says you're not going to take my license number down, and he starts shoving me around," Dvorsky said.

He said Clark then forced him to his back bedroom, where he told him to stay before leaving again. After neighbors discovered what happened, Dvorsky said they told him they had seen Clark's vehicle, described as a green SUV, driving up and down the roads slowly days prior. One neighbor had even taken down his license plate number.

"I'm glad that they caught him, and I hope he won't be able to do it to someone else," he said.

Dvorsky said Clark got away with his tablet, cash and two collector guns. He said police told them during the arrest they were able to find the tablet, but the guns still remain missing. Dvorsky hopes to get the guns, which were given to him by a great-uncle, returned. One was a Ruger 3 screw 22 pistol and the other, a Colt .25 palm gum.

Lonnie Clark has been charged by police with second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, false imprisonment, and obstruction of emergency communications. He's currently being held in the Johnson County Jail.

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