Home invasion suspects captured in Lake Delton
Helicopter, K9s involved in search
Four people suspected in a Rock County home invasion were arrested Monday following a chase and large manhunt in Lake Delton.
The incident began around 1 p.m. when Lake Delton police officers saw a suspect vehicle driving on Meadowview Drive that was wanted in connection with a Rock County burglary.
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 12, the driver did not stop and attempted to elude the officers, according to a Lake Delton Police Department news release.
Police said a short time later, the driver acted as if they were going to turn left into a motel parking lot on West Munroe Avenue, but instead drove the wrong way on the divided street for about a block before the vehicle started coming to a stop.
Before the vehicle stopped, two women and two men jumped out of the vehicle and ran north onto Camp Chi property, police said.
Police said they were able to take one woman and one man into custody immediately.
The other male suspect was apprehended about an hour and a half later in a wooded area about one mile north of where he first ran, police said. Then about one hour after that, the other female suspect was found by a police K9 a short distance from where she first ran, according to police.
The manhunt involved several departments, multiple K9s and a police helicopter.
"It was certainly serious but we were able to take people into custody safely. Nobody was injured. The people weren't injured, and no officers were injured to my knowledge, so that's a good thing," said Lt. Janet Klipp, of the Lake Delton Police Department.
Authorities believed the suspects could've been armed with guns as they ran through the woods.
Lake Delton Elementary School was placed on lockdown for nearly two hours as a precaution. Students sat silently in their locked classrooms for the duration of the lockdown.
The suspects are identified as Christopher A. Kimps, 24; Jesse D. Adams, 22; Kayla L. Pearson, 21; and Sarah H. Buckingham, 20, according to a Wisconsin Crime Network alert.
Authorities confirmed the four people are suspects in a Rock County burglary 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 Department 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.
Investigators said they believe the house was specifically targeted by the robbers.
"Based on statements that were made by the suspects when they entered the residence, there were specific demands made which leads us to believe that there was some inside knowledge as to what they were looking for in the residence," said Capt. Jude Maurer, of the Rock County Sheriff's Department.
Maurer said investigators found a connection between Pearson and the son of the homeowners.
Lake Delton police said they didn't find any guns on any of the suspects Monday.
Custody of all four suspects was eventually turned over to Rock County sheriff's deputies for transport to the Rock County Jail.
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