Six suspects are in custody in connection with a brutal home burglary on Madison’s north side that happened Feb. 23, where the suspects allegedly raped a pregnant woman and battered both her and her husband.
Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the suspects were attempting to rob a nearby residence, but invaded the wrong home on Quincy Avenue. The burglars broke into the home through a window, and the suspects had at least one gun.
Police reportedly arrested three men in connection with the burglary: Kristopher Hughes, 20; Michon Thomas, 22; and Eric Bass, 23. They also reportedly arrested Demarco Mallitt, 22; DeAndrae Mayweathers, 23; and Efemia Neumaier, 21, in connection to the crime.
A police report from February said the couple was sleeping when the suspects entered at approximately 4 a.m. The suspects were in the home for about 40 to 50 minutes, when they sexually assaulted the woman and battered both victims.
According to the The Wisconsin State Journal, a complaint said Neumaier plotted with Thomas to rob the man living next door to the victims, planning to take $1,500 from him.
Wisconsin State Journal also reported Neumaier told police the man she intended to have Thomas and others rob was “a pig with women and needed to be in trouble for that.”
The female victim in the case was forced to perform sexual acts on Thomas and was then raped by her, and the male victim was pistol-whipped and choked, Wisconsin State Journal reported.
The attackers also stole items from the house, some of which police officers have recovered, DeSpain said. He said this type of crime is uncommon in the city, as typical home invasions are often drug-related.
Wisconsin State Journal reported bail for Hughes and Thomas was set at $50,000 and Mayweather’s bail was set at $10,000. Mallit and Neumaier have bail set at $5,000 each, and no bail has been set yet for Bass.
The victims were treated at a hospital after the crime and have since been released, DeSpain said.