Deputies: 21 guns retrieved from suspects' car

Suspects scheduled to appear in court

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:03:21 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 08:26:53 AM CST
JANESVILLE, Wis. -

Four people suspected in a Rock County home invasion are being held in the Rock County Jail following a police chase and manhunt in Sauk County Monday.

The suspects are awaiting court appearances after investigators said they found 21 long guns in the suspects' vehicle Monday. Twenty of those guns were stolen from the victims of Friday's home invasion, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Todd Christiansen, of the Rock County Sheriff's Office, said the victims are breathing a sigh of relief as the people accused of breaking into their home at gunpoint are no longer on the run.

"They're pretty shook up as to what happened to them," Christiansen said. "They were very relieved they were taken into custody. And we got some of their property back, so that was helpful."

The suspects are identified as Christopher A. Kimps, 24; Jesse D. Adams, 22; Kayla L. Pearson, 21; and Sarah H. Buckingham, 20.

Sheriff's officials said the four people are suspects in a Rock County robbery Friday where up to 30 guns, cash and a pickup truck were stolen from a home in the town of Fulton.

Police said a man and his wife were home when two men wearing dark-colored ski masks entered the house through an unlocked door, held both homeowners hostage at gunpoint, and demanded access to a safe.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said the robbers took several long guns, handguns and some ammunition, along with an undetermined amount of cash, and got away in a red 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup, which also belonged to the couple.

Tips led authorities to Sauk County in their search for the suspects. After a police chase in Lake Delton on Monday and a three-hour manhunt in the woods, all four suspects were taken into custody.

"Twenty guns were in the vehicle. We're still missing some," Christiansen said.

Investigators said they also recovered another gun, possibly used during the crime. Christiansen said there was concern the suspects were only getting started on a crime spree.

"We also had been receiving information throughout the weekend that they weren't going to go down, they weren't going to stop," Christiansen said.

Christiansen said evidence seized on Monday could connect the suspects to other area crimes.

"We located in a separate vehicle and another firearm on Saturday and that came back stolen out of Walworth County. Walworth County is looking at them now as suspects in numerous burglaries over there," Christiansen said.

The four suspects are scheduled to be in Rock County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, theft, party to the crime of operating a vehicle without the owner's consent, party of the crime of battery and on a probation violation.

Kimps was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, theft, operating a vehicle without the owner's consent, party to the crime of battery, fleeing an officer and on a probation violation.

Pearson and Buckingham were arrested on suspicion of party to the crime of robbery, party to the crime of burglary, party to the crime of false imprisonment, party to the crime of theft, party to the crime of operating a vehicle without the owner's consent and party to the crime of battery.