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"There's a little bit of guilt:" Neighbors react after "person of interest" taken into custody for brutal home invasion

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The person of interest in the home invasion in Kenosha County last week is in custody, following a police chase Friday.

The person of interest was captured on surveillance at the time of the home invasion. Deputies tried to stop the SUV Friday, but the driver took off sparking a high-speed chase that ended near County Highway KR and 22nd Avenue in Racine.

The driver sped through the Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home before the SUV ended up in a ditch. Funeral Director Bob Maynard said it’s not uncommon to see accidents at the busy intersection, but Friday’s crash was surprising.

“When this happened today, we hear the sirens and we think it’s another car in the ditch,” Maynard said.

Four adults and an infant were in the car at the time. Maynard said he saw about 25 official cruisers at the scene.

During the home invasion, the couple in their 80’s woke up to the sound of breaking glass in the middle of the night October 27. Both the 84-year-old man and his 82-year-old wife sustained serious head injuries. The elderly man was also shot twice. Both were airlifted to a hospital, but neighbors say they are now home.

The break-in happened around 2:30 a.m. October 27. The elderly man knocked on his neighbor's doors for help, but no one answered. Then he drove to the fire department, which is close by. His neighbor Thomas Pogorzelski feels badly now.

“To have him come to our house in the middle of the night and we're not there, Pogorzelski said. “There's a little bit of guilt.”

Pogorzelski said their neighbors are close and want to get closure.

“We'll stick together as a neighborhood as we always have and we will watch each other more probably,” Pogorzelski said.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said we can expect to learn more about the man in custody soon. 

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story.

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