Wauwatosa Police new details on violent armed robbery, home invasion
WAUWATOSA, WI (CBS 58) – Wauwatosa Police released details from the home invasion and armed robbery from July 12th near 116th Street and Watertown Plank Road.
Police say it all started at the Days Inn in West Allis where a family from Saudi Arabia, who was relocating to the area was staying.
The family, which included a 5-year-old and a grandmother, checked into the Days Inn at the beginning of July. They asked a front desk clerk, who police identified as Nicole Kauper, 36, for a room with a safe because they were new to the area and traveling with a lot of cash. Police say Kauper then told her boyfriend and friend about the family and the money, which she estimated to be $100,000.
That’s when police say Antwuan Hardy, 36, and Brandon Lane, 34, spied on the family and followed them to their new home.
Just two days after moving out of the hotel, on July 12th the three hour ordeal took place.
According to the criminal complaint, the Hardy and Lane entered the home around 9 P.M. with a rifle and a handgun.
Police say they covered the victim’s faces, tied their hands and feet and even physically hurt them. The 5-year-old was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he suffered brain bleeds in four locations and damage to ligaments in his neck. The grandmother was also taken to the hospital and received more than 20 staples for her head injury.
“This horrific ordeal they went through for three plus hours, being physically restrained, literally held hostage in their own home, their faces covered, hearing their family members screaming is a horrific crime,” says Captain Brian Zalewski.
There are a total of 16 felony charges in this case. Both male suspects could face more than 200 years in prison if convicted. Kauper could face up to 35 years in prison.
CBS 58 reached out to the hotel who said they have no comment on this matter.