Jennifer Kliese, WKOW (Madison), March 10, 2014
Police arrested six people believed to be involved in what they’re calling one of the most brutal crimes in recent memory.
Madison police say three men planned a home invasion, but broke into the wrong home on Quincy Avenue on the north side around 6 a.m. on February 23. Police say the suspects were aware it was not the intended home, but they proceeded to violently attack the two victims who had been sleeping. The suspects are accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the woman who was six months pregnant.
“I can tell you that in my 27-plus years of policing here in Madison, this is probably one of the most disturbing and heinous crimes that I’ve ever seen,” says Interim Chief Randy Gaber.
Three suspects are accused of the break-in: Kristopher Hughes, 20, Michon Thomas, 22, and Eric Bass, 23. They face charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, and six counts each of first degree sexual assault.
In the past week, three others were also arrested. Efemia Neumaier, 21, and DeAndre Mayweathers, 23, are both accused of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Demarco Mallit, 22, faces charges of aiding a felon and theft.
Some property was stolen when the three men left the house after about 45 minutes and some of that has been recovered. The victims fled to a neighbor’s home but did not get a response, and had to walk to a nearby business to call 911. The two were taken to the hospital and have since been released. Police declined to elaborate on the nature of their injuries to protect the victims’ privacy.
[Editor’s Note: Madison, WI, is 76 percent white, 7 percent black, 7 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Asian.]