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Men face charges after Delavan home invasion

September 20, 2012

Two men are accused of firing a weapon near a man's head during a Jan. 28 home invasion in the city of Delavan.

During the incident, the man was downstairs, and his girlfriend and baby were upstairs.

Adrian Valadez, 23, 328 1/2 E. Walworth Ave., Apt. 4, Delavan, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, armed burglary, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of false imprisonment with the use of a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor charge of battery.

If convicted of all the counts, Valadez faces up to 74 years imprisonment and $155,000 in fines. Valadez is currently in custody in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

A codefendant, Blake A. Kruizenga, 20, an inmate at Dodge Correctional Institute, faces the same charges as Valadez and an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Because of a prior conviction, all of Kruizenga's charges are elevated to a repeater status.

If convicted of all the counts, Kruizenga faces up to 111 years imprisonment and $180,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 7 a.m., Jan. 28, police responded to a report of a home invasion on Second Street in Delavan. The victim reported he was sleeping on his couch in the early morning hours when he was awakened by his pit bull barking. When he woke up, he saw two masked men carrying firearms inside of his home. The victim said one of the intruders struck him twice in his head, and police observed two wounds on the victim's head.

The victim was then ordered to lay face down on a couch, a blanket was placed over his head and what felt like the barrel of a gun was pressed against the back of his head.

A single shot was fired into the couch. Police were able to recover a bullet casing on the floor and a bullet from the couch. The victim's girlfriend was home during the incident, and the victim could hear one of the intruders yell, "shut that baby up or they will all get it." The intruders went through the man's belongings and demanded cash. The man reported one of the intruders sounded like Valadez, who lives nearby.

The man reported that the other intruder was wearing a distinctive tan, smooth, puffy-hooded jacket with fur on the rim of the hood. On Facebook, police located pictures of Kruizenga wearing a jacket that matched the description. The Facebook photos, which were posted in the early morning hours the day of the robbery, showed Valadez and Kruizenga drinking alcohol together.

On March 30, police excuted a search warrant on Kruizenga's cell phone. The phone contained photos of Kruizenga and Valadez. Some of the photos showed Kruizenga holding a firearm and were date stamped Jan. 27 and Jan. 28.

On his phone, police also found Internet searches for "Delavan Wisconsin shootings." The Internet searches occurred on Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. On May 11, police interviewed a woman who said that sometime in January she was drinking with several people including Valadez and Kruizenga.

The next morning, she was asleep in Valadez's home and woke up after hearing a gunshot. A short time later, Valadez and Kruizenga ran back into the home. The girl said Valadez and Kruizenga told her that they decided to break into the neighbor's home and steal his tax refund.

Prior incident

Kruizenga is facing his charge as a repeater because of a 2011 conviction for delivering marijuana, which is tied to another shooting that occurred in Walworth County.

In the earlier incident, on Aug. 5, 2010, Kruizenga sold a small amount of a marijuana to Nathan N. Williams, 30. Williams then met with a man who was going to purchase the marijuana.

However, during the drug deal, Williams demanded the man's money and pointed a firearm at him. The man pushed the firearm away from his head and was shot in the back by Williams. Williams was convicted of multiple felony counts and is incarcerated until 2035. Kruizenga was sentenced to three years of probation for providing Williams with marijuana. Kruizenga's probation was revoked in May, and he was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in a state prison and another 1 1/2 years of extended supervision.