The Grant County District Attorney will
be asked to file eight charges against a
man who went on a four-county crime
rampage on Tuesday (9/10).
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department
will ask that charges of kidnapping, reckless
endangerment and robbery be filed against
James Kruger, while Cassville Police
will ask that charges of attempted homicide,
robbery, being a felon in possession of a
firearm and criminal damage to property
be filed against him. Platteville Police
will include a charge of eluding police.
Authorities say Kruger’s day started in
Platteville where just before 4:00 am,
police tried to stop him for going the wrong
way down a one-way street. But Kruger
sped away before he could be stopped.
About three hours later, Kruger turned-up
at a relative’s house in Cassville.
Grant County Chief Deputy, Jack Johnson.
After leaving his Uncle’s home, Kruger
went to another home outside of Cassville.
About four hours later he took a man
hostage at gunpoint, threatening to kill
the man if his wife called authorities.
He also took the man’s truck and trailer
with a cow still in the trailer.
Kruger later tried to buy a vehicle in
Mount Ida, and then hit an unattended
vehicle in Fennimore with the trailer.
He then drove to Dodgeville where the
hostage escaped by locking himself
inside a store. That’s when Kruger drove
to Hollandale where he stole another
vehicle, then crashed it near Blue Mounds
on Highway-18-151 while being chased
In addition to the charges in Grant County,
Kruger could also face seven felony charges
in Iowa County. That would include knowingly
fleeing an officer, reckless endangerment,
vehicle theft, being a felon in possession of a
firearm, theft, false imprisonment and bomb
scare, carrying a concealed weapon, and
operating while under the influence of drugs.
He’s being held in the Iowa County Jail on
$500,000 cash bond. His next court appearance
is set for October 8th at 9:00 am.