Suspect: Fulton home invasion was 'for fun'
Jesse Adams told police he bound two people with duct tape, threatened their lives and stole their possessions "for money, to impress the girls and for fun," officials say.
One of "the girls," Kayla Pearson, had lived in the basement of the victims' home for several months and had dated their son for two years, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Rock County Court.
Adams, Pearson and two others were charged Wednesday for what authorities say were their roles in the beating and armed robbery of Kathy and Allen Falk of 5454 W. Miles Road in the town of Fulton.
Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht set bail for each of the four.
-- Adams, 22, of 719 Kenwood Ave., Beloit, is charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, theft, false imprisonment, possession of firearms by a felon and party to battery. If convicted, he faces 77 years in prison. Holznecht set Adams' bond at $40,500.
-- Christopher A. Kimps, 24, of N7426 McCabe Road, Whitewater, is charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, theft, false imprisonment, operating a vehicle without owner consent, possession of firearms by a felon, party to battery, attempting to flee, party to operating a vehicle without owner consent. If convicted, he faces 93 years in prison. Holznecht set his bond at $43,000.
-- Sarah A. Buckingham, 20, of 1715 25th St., Monroe, is charged with party to armed robbery, party to armed burglary, party to theft, party to false imprisonment, party to battery and operating a vehicle without owner consent. If convicted, she faces 67 years and nine months in prison. Holznecht set her bond at $25,500.
-- Pearson, 21, of 1910 N. Lexington Drive, Janesville, is charged with party to armed robbery, party to armed burglary, party to theft, party to false imprisonment and party to battery. If convicted, she faces 61 years and nine months in prison. Holznecht set her bond at $30,500.
According to the criminal complaint:
The four were at Pearson's home Friday when Kimps said he wanted to get guns. Pearson said she knew where they could get guns, money and jewelry.
Buckingham had a friend's Oldsmobile Alero, although she didn't have permission to use it. The friend was out of town.
Buckingham drove the four to Wal-Mart, where the men stole hoodies to wear in the robbery. Buckingham dropped them off at the Falks' driveway.
Each had a gun. Adams told police he had a gun that looked "kind of like a pellet or BB gun of some sort." Kimps had a shotgun that was "a Browning or Bushnell brand or something like that."
Pearson had said the kitchen door would be unlocked, and it was.
They went inside.
Allen Falk looked up from the TV to see a man in a ski mask pointing a gun at him. Down the hall, Kathy Falk woke to see a shotgun pointed in her face.
Adams and Kimps bound the Falks' hands and feet with duct tape and wrapped them together. They covered their eyes and mouths in tape.
They demanded the combination to a safe. Kathy Falk told them where to find it, but Kimps and Adams couldn't get the safe open. They cut Allen Falk's hands free and made him open the safe.
After he opened it, Adams and Kimps bound him again with duct tape. They kicked him in the face.
Adams and Kimps loaded about 35 guns into a pickup truck that belonged to the Falks. Kimps told Adams they got $2,500 cash from the home.
When the truck was loaded, Adams called Buckingham, who came to get him. Kimps followed in the truck.
Kathy Falk freed herself and her husband and called 911. Among other things, she gave a description of the truck. Minutes later, a deputy spotted the truck on Highway 14. He followed it onto Highway 51 and tried to pull it over.
Kimps sped off. He drove to downtown Janesville, crossed the courthouse lawn and ditched the truck. He called his friends from a bar on Jackson Street. They picked him up and drove back to the truck. They loaded the stolen goods into the Alero.
The four drove to Wisconsin Dells and checked into a hotel at 3 a.m.
Rock County sheriff's investigators released the suspects' names and descriptions Monday morning. The four were spotted in the Dells and captured after a short, high-speed chase and then a foot chase.
Kathy Falk called The Gazette on Wednesday and asked the newspaper to publish her family's names and address. She hopes it will help them feel less like prisoners in their home. They have been questioned constantly, mostly by media, she said.
"I can't walk out and go to Woodman's or live my life … without wondering if somebody is going to come around the corner and bombard me with a million questions," Falk said.
She asked to have the following statement published in The Gazette.
"We were the couple involved in the home invasion," Falk read. "We would like to express our gratitude to all the Rock County deputies, detectives and all other law enforcement who assisted in the apprehension of our attackers for their compassion and concern for our safety and for seeking such swift justice on our behalf. (It) has been truly outstanding.
"We would also like to thank all of our family, friends and neighbors for all the support through this completely devastating event."