Law enforcement officials in Madison, Wis., have arrested six individuals suspected of breaking into a house, robbing the property and sexually assaulting a pregnant woman that was inside. The suspects also reportedly beat the pregnant woman's blind husband as he lay in bed.
Interim Police Chief Randy Gaber explained that a crime of this severity was relatively unprecedented in the Madison area.
“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,” Gaber said.
According to WKOW, the six suspects are all individuals in their early 20s. Kristopher Hughes, 20, Michon Thomas, 22, and Eric Bass, 23, were charged with the harshest crimes of armed robbery and sexual assault. Effemia Neumaier, 21, and DeAndre Mayweathers, 23, were charged solely with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, while 22-year-old Demarco Mallit was charged with aiding a felon and theft. Neumaier was the lone female suspect involved in the incident.
According to the Minnesota StarTribune, the incident took place on Feb. 23. The suspects intended to rob a different property but continued attacking the individuals inside the home despite realizing the mistake. The suspects reportedly assaulted the victims for 40 to 50 minutes before leaving. The two victims called 911 from a nearby business and were subsequently taken to the hospital to be treated for various injuries.
Information regarding the forthcoming criminal proceedings for the six suspects has not yet been released.