The man accused of a mult-county

crime spree earlier this month that

ended with a high speed chase and

car crash appeared for a preliminary

hearing yesterday (Wednesday) in

Grant County Court. Thirty-six-year-old

James Kruger appeared before Judge

Robert VanDeHey. Grant County District

Attorney Lisa Riniker called only two

witnesses for the hearing, Grant County

Chief Deputy Jack Johnson and Grant

County Deputy Adam Day.

Johnson testified how September 10th

started with Kruger eluding a Platteville

Police officer after driving the wrong way

on a one-way street. Johnson told the

court how Kruger then went to his

Uncle’s house in Cassville, where he

assaulted him before stealing guns and

coins from his Uncle. Johnson also

testified that Kruger fired a shot at

a woman from Cassville, and then pointed

a gun at another woman from Cassville

before taking her husband hostage.

Walter Riedl was eventually able to

get free from Kruger at a taxidermy store

outside of Dodgeville.

Later in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s)

hearing, Grant County Sheriff’s

Deputy Adam Day testified that he

was transporting Kruger after his

arrest. That’s when Kruger admitted

to Day that he used crack cocaine, that

he owed someone money, and that he

believed his Uncle had up to $1-million

in his safe. Kruger was bound over for

trial and will next appear in Grant County

Court for his arraignment on November 1st.

He’s being held in the Iowa County Jail.

Bond in Grant County is $500,000 cash.

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