Man Arrested After Break-In, Kidnapping in Wisconsin

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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By Rachel Begle

GRANT COUNTY, Wisconsin - Wisconsin authorities said they have a man in custody for an attempted murder and other charges after he broke into two homes and kidnapped a man at gunpoint Tuesday.

According to a press release from the Grant County, Wis. Sheriff's Department, on Tuesday morning around 7 a.m., 36-year-old James M. Kruger went to a residence in Cassville, Wis. and assaulted the man that lived there. Kruger also allegedly took several guns from the residence. A report of shots fired south of Cassville was later reported to the sheriff's department.

Cassville is located just north of Dubuque across the Mississippi River.

Police searched for Kruger for several hours, but were unable to find him. At 11 a.m., the sheriff's office took a report of a kidnapping. Police said Kruger went to a residence outside of Cassville, took a man there hostage and pointed a gun at a woman. Kruger took the man's truck and trailer - with him at gunpoint - and left the home, police said. The cattle trailer was unhooked on a back road and the man was released in Dodgeville, Wis., police said.

After a high speed chase, Kruger was taken into custody in Dane County, Wis. The Grant County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol air and patrol units and the Platteville, Cassville, Fennimore and Lancaster police departments.

Police said Kruger was wanted by the Madison Police Department for attempted murder. Charges are pending for Tuesday's arrest.
A press conference on the incident is scheduled for noon today in Lancaster.
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