UPDATED Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 2:10 p.m.
Press Release from the Dodge Co. Sheriff's Department.
The Dodge County Sheriffs Dept is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying a person of interest and a suspect in the September 1, 2012 armed home invasion in the Town of Theresa. At approx, 1:15 p.m. that day 6-8 armed men forced the occupants of the home into a room and stole money, wallets, purses, electronics, using duct tape to secure some of the 15 victims. The suspect vehicle, described as a larger and black, was last seen south bound on STH 175 toward Washington County. The suspects may be of Mexican and/or Puerto Rican decent based upon their speech. See attached sketches.
Sketch #1 is that of one of the suspects, described as 5”6, small build with what was described as a five-day shadow. Suspect spoke good English.
Sketch # 2 is a person of interest seen operating a black vehicle, possibly a Toyota with tinted windows and at least three occupants, seen in the area days before the crime.
A third male suspect is described as 6’1, thin build with a ponytail down to his waist, the ponytail was not braided but it was wavy. This suspect spoke Spanish.
A fourth male suspect is described as 5’6, shaved head, and thick build with an extended stomach. This suspect spoke Spanish.
Any and all information is welcome, please call 920-386-3715 and speak with Detective Vicki Brugger.
UPDATED Monday, September 3, 2012 --- 2:32 p.m.
THERESA, Wis. (AP) -- Dodge County authorities say six to eight masked men entered a home in Theresa, tied up 13 children and young adults and ransacked the home.
The sheriff's department says the victims ranged in age from 4 to about 30. They were in the home Saturday when the armed intruders burst in.
Shortly after the intruders tied up the occupants, two neighbors in their 50s arrived at the home. Authorities say the intruders tied them up as well.
Some of the victims were kicked or pistol-whipped. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
A WISN-TV report says the suspects stole jewelry, purses, wallets and cash, and then fled. One of the victims was able to escape and call 911.
Authorities are still searching for the suspects.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
UPDATED Sunday, September 2, 2012 --- 8:04 p.m.
From our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:
DODGE COUNTY — Dodge County officials are looking for a group of men who robbed a home at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, September 1st in the Town of Theresa.
Police say a group of masked men came into the home, and tied up 15 people (including five kids), and then took items from the home, including jewelry, purses, wallets and cash.
Migrant dairy workers were having a family reunion, when Roberto Isidro says eight to 10 men busted into the house. Isidro says 13 people were inside at the time, including five kids.
“Everybody was scared, because they said ‘we kill.’ Everybody had a gun. They said ‘everybody go to the floor. Nobody move. I kill.’ We told them ‘easy everybody, easy.’ All the kids were crying,” Isidro said.
Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls says the situation got worse when a neighbor and her friend pulled up to visit during the invasion.
“They were confronted by a gunman outside, who immediately pointed a gun in their faces, and forced them from their vehicle and into the house,” Nehls said.
Isidro said he did not recognize any of the men. Police are not commenting on a motive at this time, but say it does not appear to be random.
“It’s very concerning when you have the number of armed perpetrators we had commit this crime, as well as the large number of victims,” Nehls said.
Isidro says his wife and two kids will be moving from the house.
“My heart goes out to the victims and those families. They’ve been very upright and honest with us. They’ve been very forthright and have given us all the information they can,” Nehls said.
The suspects fled in a black, late model Ford Expedition SUV, headed south on Highway 175 toward Milwaukee.
Dodge County officials say the suspects ranged in height from 5’2″ to 6’1″. One of the men had a ponytail that went down to his waist.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dodge County officials at (920) 386-3726.
Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 -- 6:11 a.m.
Information from the Dodge County Sheriff's Department:
The Dodge County Sheriffs Dept is investigating an armed home invasion that occurred on Saturday at approx 1:15 p.m. in the Town of Theresa.
The victims report a group of 6 to 8 masked men, all armed with handguns, entered the home and tied the 13 occupants, ages 4 to 30's.
All were then forced into a small room.
Some of the victims were struck with the weapons and some kicked.
While the intruders ransacked the home stealing money and jewelry two neighbors in their 50's arrived at the home where they were immediately confronted by a lone gunman, forced from their vehicle at gunpoint and taken into the home and secured with the rest of the victims.
Jewelry, purses, wallets, and cash were taken.
After the suspects fled in a late model Ford Expedition type vehicle one of the victims was able to free himself and run to a neighboring farm and call 911.
Authorities believe the suspects are of Mexican or Puerto Rican descent.
Heights 5'2 to 6'1 with one suspect wearing a pony tails that was waist length.
Dodge County Sheriffs Dept is being assisted by WI Dept of Criminal Investigation, Mayville PD, and the Dodge Co District Attorney.