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Charles City woman charged in Iowa Falls home break-in

By Bob Steenson,

A Charles City woman and her boyfriend from Mason City have been charged with multiple felonies each in an alleged home break-in in Iowa Falls over the weekend that involved shots being fired.

Ny’Jaya Ryan Foster, age 19, of Charles City, and her boyfriend, Matthew Shawn Victor Bridges, age 28, of Mason City, allegedly forced their way into a home in Iowa Falls on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Charles City woman charged in Iowa Falls home break-in
Matthew Bridges
Charles City woman charged in Iowa Falls home break-in
Ny-Jaya Foster

According to criminal complaints filed in Hardin County District Court, Foster and Bridges forced their way into an occupied residence where Bridges allegedly assaulted a resident using a telescoping baton device described as a police ASP. The attack allegedly caused a 3-inch gash on the victim’s right arm.

Foster allegedly entered the residence with a .38-caliber revolver loaded with six bullets that Bridges had her carry. Bridges asked Foster to hand him the gun while he was fighting with the resident, court documents say.

“The victim was able to get the handgun from the defendant,” the court documents state. “The victim fired two rounds at the defendant’s boyfriend in self defense, missing both times. The defendant’s boyfriend ran from the residence and she followed shortly after.”

The court records say that the victim said Bridges had gone to the home to collect money that the victim owed Bridges.

Foster and Bridges were both charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony; first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony; possession or control of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony; and going armed with intent, a Class D felony.

Conviction of a Class B felony can include a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, Class C is up to 10 years in prison, and Class D is up to five years in prison.

Foster and Bridges were both being held in the Hardin County Jail as of Tuesday evening, according to the Hardin County Jail website. Foster is being held under a $25,000 cash or surety bond, and Bridges is being held under a $70,000 cash-only bond.