Rep. Boswell and grandson become non-caped crusaders

When he’s not going head to head against Republican candidates during elections, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) apparently doubles as a butt-kicking crime fighter.

The congressman’s office says the 77-year-old lawmaker helped fend off an intruder who entered his Iowa farmhouse on Saturday night. A statement from Boswell’s chief of staff describes a scary scenario, noting that an armed assailant entered the front door of the home and physically assaulted Boswell’s daughter, Cindy, before demanding money. After Boswell heard his daughter scream, his office says, he “entered the entryway and attempted to disarm the intruder of his weapon.”

Battling bad guys appears to run in the family — Boswell’s 22-year-old grandson, Mitchell Brown, was reportedly able to grab a shotgun from another room and scare the criminal away. The intruder apparently ran off into the fields around the house.

Boswell’s office says, “Besides some scrapes and bruises, Congressman Boswell and his family are fine.”

No word if Boswell is developing a superhero outfit to wear while fighting any future evil-doers.