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Final suspect in home invasion to appear in court

The fourth and final suspect in a home invasion last month in Austin will make his initial appearance Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Jordan Lee Hernandez Cox, 20, of Austin, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree aggravated robbery, all felonies.

He's being held in the Mower County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Three other men: Kyler Michael Inez Morehouse, 20, of Wells; Nestor Daniel Valle, 19, of Austin; and Harley Johnathan Becker, 19, of Brownsdale, all face identical charges in the incident.

Morehouse and Valle have pleaded not guilty to all counts. Becker will also make his initial appearance Thursday; he, too, remains in the Mower County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.


Valle was the first arrested, after police were called about 5:45 a.m. Feb. 25 to the 400 block of Second Avenue Southwest for an unknown disturbance. Dispatchers reported hearing females screaming during the call.

According to the police report, the residents of the house — two juvenile females and a 19-year-old male — were all asleep when the four men forced their way into the home.

The men pushed, punched and kicked the victims before stealing two cellphones and a 32-inch TV, the report says. One of the suspects allegedly threatened to use a gun, but no weapon was shown, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.

He said the victims recognized the men's voices, leading to the arrest of Valle that morning and the identification of the others.

Morehouse and Valle are due back in court May 25.

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