By Shereen Siewert
Four teens, including one juvenile, are facing an array of felony charges after a Schofield home invasion and assault of an 18-year-old man.
According to Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz the incident happened at about 2:17 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at a home on Berlik Street. Police were called to the home about 90 minutes later, according to court filings. All four suspects fled the scene before police arrived but were later identified as 19-year-old Jasper L. Ingalls, of Wausau; 18-year-old Edward P. Lieder, of Weston; 19-year-old James E. Merchant III, of Schofield, and a 16 year old boy whose identity has not been released due to his age.
The suspects are all facing charges of robbery with use of force and burglary. Ingalls is also facing one felony charge of strangulation/suffocation and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. The charges were filed Aug. 13 in Marathon County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim’s mother called police at 3:50 a.m. to report that a group of people broke into her home through a kitchen window, strangled her son and left. Video surveillance footage at the home was used to confirm the victim’s story and was crucial in identifying the suspects, according to the police report.
All three adult suspects are free after posting cash bonds.