Burglary suspect knew victims' son: Officials
JANESVILLE The four people accused in a town of Fulton home invasion last week apparently knew of the couple because one of the four was a friend of the couple's son, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Tuesday news release, arrested were:
-- Jesse Adams III, 22, Beloit area, on charges of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, theft, party to operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, party to battery and suspicion of parole violation.
-- Christopher Kimps, 24, Whitewater area, on the same charges as Kimps, as well as fleeing.
-- Kayla Pearson, 21, Janesville, on charges of party to robbery, party to burglary, party to false imprisonment, party to theft, party to operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent and party to battery.
-- Sarah Buckingham, 20, Monroe, on the same charges as Pearson.
Pearson was a friend of the victims' son, according to the news release.
Police were called to a report of a home invasion at 10:54 p.m. Friday at a home on West Miles Road in the town of Fulton, which is south of Edgerton.
The homeowners reported that two white males entered the home, held them at gunpoint, beat the man, tied up the couple and demanded access to a safe, according to the sheriff's office. The men left the home with guns, jewelry, cash and the couple's pickup truck, the release said.
Deputies spotted the fleeing truck on Highway 51 and chased it into downtown Janesville. They lost the truck when it sped across the Rock County Courthouse lawn.
Janesville police Monday found the truck in the 400 block of South Parker Drive.
Rock County detectives Monday got information that the suspects might be in the Wisconsin Dells area, according to the news release.
A short time later, village of Lake Delton police saw the suspects' vehicle, a stolen Oldsmobile Alero, leaving the Kalahari Resort. They tried to stop the car, but the suspects fled. After a short chase, the car stopped on Highway 23 near the Crystal Grand Theater, and the suspects fled on foot, according to the release.
Rock and Sauk county sheriff's deputies, along with police from other Dells-area agencies, conducted the manhunt.
Police caught Kimps and Buckingham almost immediately; Adams and Pearson fled into the woods, according to the news release.
Local police set up a perimeter and brought in K-9 units and a helicopter to track Adams and Pearson. After several hours, they found Adams about a mile from the abandoned car, according to the release.
Deputies brought the dogs back to the car, and the dogs found Pearson hiding in a building about 100 yards from the car, according to the news release.
Police found 21 long guns in the suspects' vehicle. They identified 20 as belonging to the town of Fulton victims.
All four suspects were returned Monday night to Rock County.
They are scheduled to appear today in court.