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Rock Co. burglary suspects make court appearances

Defendants being held on substantial cash bonds

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Four people accused in a violent home invasion in the town of Fulton are due back in court next week for an adjourned initial appearance.

Christopher Kimps, Jesse Adams, Kayla Pearson and Sarah Buckingham face numerous charges in connection with a home burglary last Friday in the town of Fulton.

They were arrested after a police chase and a massive manhunt on Monday in Sauk County.

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 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup, which also belonged to the couple.

A criminal complaint indicates the home burglary was violent.

"They were violent. They did produce weapons. The victims were tied up using duct tape, and they were blindfolded using duct tape," said Rock County Court Commissioner Kenneth Forbeck.

The judge determined that a substantial cash bond was needed for all four suspects because of a potential flight risk.

Cash bond for Kimps was set at $48,000 on Wednesday. Cash bond for Adams was set at $45,000.

Cash bond for Buckingham was set at $35,500, and Pearson's cash bond was set at more than $10,500.

All four were ordered not to have any contact with the victims or have any weapons.

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