DURAND, Wis. (WEAU) - A Durand man is out of the hospital after police said he was badly beaten in his home.
The Tuesday home invasion that turned into an assault and robbery, left a 21-year-old with broken bones, and three others with felony charges.
Irish Jade said she and her boyfriend Jeff were in their garage and soon heard a voice.
“We came out of the garage, went into the home, heard somebody saying, 'help me' turned around the corner, and on the ground in our kitchen, on the floor, was Austin (Healey).”
“I had the most horrible look on my face, obviously, because his eyes were swollen shut, he looked black and purple in the face. His face looked like it was three times the (normal) size.” “I thought maybe his face had been shattered, because I couldn't recognize him.”
With their 21 year-old neighbor, Austin Healey badly hurt, and after seeing people knocking on the door and going into the home earlier, Healey’s neighbors asked him, “Who did this?”
“(Healey) didn't want to say who they were because he was afraid they were going to kill him, come back and kill him,” Jade said.
They called 911 and he was airlifted to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
An investigation found damage throughout the home and a bass guitar stolen. It also led to 17-year-old Nelson Stewart, 21-year-old Tyler La Rose, and 20-year-old Cody Angel, all from Durand. Police said they jumped someone at Memorial Park soon after attacking Healey, but a Good Samaritan stopped them from causing more harm.
The three suspects were caught within two hours and are each now charged with five felonies, including armed robbery and battery, police said.
“I'm grateful, I thought he was going to die right there on our kitchen floor,” Jade.”
Healey returned home and is recovering from a few broken bones, but nothing that won't heal with time.
“I was very pleased and happy and had to give him a big hug and tell him I cared.
The bass guitar was later recovered along a nearby road.
Police said the suspects knew Healey and it was not a random attack.
If convicted, the suspects each face more than forty years in prison.
DURAND, Wis. (DURAND POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --
On October 8, 2013 our department responded to 312 8th Ave W in the City of Durand for a report of an assault. When our officer arrived the victim showed signs that he was extremely beaten. The Durand Ambulance was dispatched to the scene. During our investigation it was revealed that three males broke into the victim’s residence on West Madison Street. The victim was beaten throughout the residence and the house was ransacked. The victim was transported to Chippewa Valley Hospital and was then airlifted to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire. The victim is now recovering from his injuries.
The suspects stole several items from the residence. The suspects also knew the victim. The suspects fled the scene and confronted another potential victim near Memorial Park and that confrontation was broken up by a Good Samaritan.
The suspects were identified by eye witness reports. They were all taken into custody the same evening without incident. They were identified as Nelson R Stewart, Tyler J LaRose, and Cody W Angel.
The department also executed a search warrant at 704 E Prospect St #C on October 9 to try and locate some of the stolen items. The search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Pierce County Emergency Response Team. The department located several items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of THC. The department will refer some of the residents of 704 E Prospect St #C for charges.
On October 10th the department followed up on a tip on the location of the stolen property. Some of the stolen items were located in a woody area along Country Lane.
Stewart, LaRose, and Angel were all charged with the following crimes- Armed Robbery with Use of Force, Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Battery, False Imprisonment, Substantial Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespass.
The suspects were all issued $10,000 cash bonds and are being held at the Pepin County Jail. The department was assisted by the Pepin, Buffalo, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Departments, and the Mondovi Police Department.