Two people face multiple charges in La Crosse home invasion


One of the defendants faces an armed robbery charge
Kenneth lawson

Lawson

Kristin lopez

Lopez

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – Two La Crosse residents were charged with several counts today in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery at a La Crosse apartment on Sunday.
Kenneth J. Lawson, 31, and Kristin L. Lopez, 23, were indicted by La Crosse County Circuit Court for the incident at an apartment in the 900 block of Seventh Street South.

Lawson and Lopez, both registered at the same address, allegedly broke into the apartment, occupied by a woman and her brother, and stole money by force, according to the criminal complaint. Lawson used a gun during the invasion, according to the complaint.
They were both preparing dinner when the woman answered a knock on the door. While responding, she saw a black man and a black woman, neither of whom she knew, according to the complaint.
The man grabbed her by the throat, pushed her into the apartment, punched her in the face and threw her to the ground as she screamed. The intruder started kicking and hitting the victim.
The male occupier said he had a fight with the male invader, in which the suspect punched him five or six in the head.
A pistol fell from the assailant’s belt, which the occupant grabbed and rushed into the bathroom, where the suspect tackled him.
The occupier told police he told the couple he would give the gun to the attackers if he was able to unload it, which he did. The suspects then fled, after stealing around $ 200 from the woman’s purse.
Both victims told police they feared for their lives during the meeting.
Police were able to connect a cell phone left in Lawson’s apartment, which ultimately allowed them to identify her, the suspect and where they lived, according to the complaint.
Police took them into custody at their apartment, according to the complaint.
Lopez told police that three girls she didn’t know, but Lawson was walking with them that evening, told them there was money in the apartment, according to the criminal complaint.
Lawson’s charges include armed robbery with use of force, a Class C felony punishable by a fine of up to $ 100,000 or jail time of up to 40 years, or both ; possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class G felony punishable by a fine of up to $ 25,000 or 10 years in prison, or both, and a felony battery, punishable by a fine $ 10,000 or up to nine months in jail, or both.
Lopez’s charges include theft with use of force, a Class E felony punishable by a fine of up to $ 50,000 or up to 15 years or both; possession of THC with intent to deliver, in connection with marijuana plants found in their apartment, a Class H felony, punishable by a fine of up to $ 10,000 or imprisonment for go up to six, or both, and a misdemeanor battery.

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