One of three Milwaukee men charged with stealing two all-terrain vehicles from a West Kewaunee residence waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty Thursday (Sept. 27) in Kewaunee County Circuit Court.
Judge Keith Mehn scheduled an Oct. 25 pre-trial hearing for Joaquin Bengio Ramos Rosado, 30, who is charged with theft, resisting/obstructing an officer, and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property in connection with the Sept. 4 incident.
A second man, Hector Javier Rodriguez, 33, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 12. Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $3,500 cash bond, and Rosado is held on $5,000 cash bond.
An arrest warrant was issued Sept. 24 for the third man, Hector Figueroa Alicea, 36, who authorities say is the man who recruited at least one of the others to commit the theft and led police on a high-speed chase after they interrupted the theft.
In a news release, Sheriff Matt Joski said a search warrant was executed at a residence in the city of Milwaukee on Wednesday (Sept. 26), and authorities obtained additional evidence related to this incident along with an ATV stolen out of the Racine area.
According to the criminal complaints, the incident began around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 4 when the property owners on Oak Road in the town of West Kewaunee called 911 to report they were watching someone push one of their ATVs down the road with what turned out to be a white box van.
Kewaunee County deputies and Kewaunee city police responded to the scene, and Police Officer Brian Gale spotted the van and turned on his squad car’s lights to get them to stop, the complaint said.
Instead, the vehicle sped away and a chase ensued down westbound state Highway 29 at speeds up to 80-85 mph. The chase ended when the van turned onto Trestle Road and drove into a field, where all three suspects got out of the vehicle. Two ran, and Rodriguez obeyed the officer’s command not to move.
After other officers arrived and took custody of Rodriguez, Gale dispatched his K-9 partner Charlie, who tracked down and apprehended Rosado, the complaint said. Alicea remained at large as of this weekend.
One of the ATVs was recovered in the middle of County Road C, while the defendants apparently pushed the other one out of the moving van during the chase. The complaint said the ATV bounced into a ditch and struck a horse fence along the road.
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