Man appears in court in home-invasion case
JANESVILLE A Janesville man charged in a home-invasion robbery and beating stood mute Monday in Rock County Court.
Victor Garcia, 18, of 219 N. Marion Ave., had a not guilty plea entered for him. He is due in court next on Tuesday, May 19, and remains held in the Rock County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.
Garcia, Fernando Garcia, 20, and Isaac Cortez, 18, are charged with two counts of party to armed robbery, one count of party to armed burglary and one count of party to substantial battery. The Garcia brothers also face one count of felony bail jumping.
Cortez, 3227 Randolph Road, Janesville, stood mute April 27. The court entered a not guilty plea for him. He is in jail on $20,000 cash bond.
Fernando Garcia, 219 N. Marion Ave., Janesville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing April 24 and is awaiting his arraignment. He is in jail on $25,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
The men were armed with an axe, knife and rifle when they broke into a home at 3206 E. Milwaukee St. on March 30. They wore black ski masks or bandanas over their faces.
They ordered three people onto the ground and told them to stay facedown with their hands on their heads. They then walked into a bedroom and beat a fourth resident, Mark D. Brown, 25.
They struck Brown 13 times with the rifle, punched him and smashed a DVD player and vacuum cleaner against his head.
The incident is believed to be gang related.
One of the attackers accused Brown of sleeping with his girlfriend. He also told Brown he had a week to pay his $500 debt.
The attackers also asked for money and drugs, and they stole two cell phones.
After the attackers left, Brown and the three others reported the incident to a police officer.
Brown sustained broken bones in his face and needed stitches on his mouth, head and above his eye. He was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and released.