Six charged with break-in, assault
By Tim Ruzek
Six people are facing criminal charges for allegedly breaking into a LeRoy home last month, assaulting several people inside and trashing the place.
Four suspects each are facing two felony counts of first-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault.
Three of them — Eric Lee Walton, 18, of Spring Valley; Patrick John Mulhern, 18, of rural Fountain; and Jeffrey James Schmidt, 19, of rural Wykoff — appeared July 3 in Mower District Court. Judge Donald E. Rysavy set conditional bail for each at $2,000 with conditions and their next court date for July 17, records show.
An arrest warrant was filed July 2 with a criminal complaint for the other felony suspect, Alyx Ann Gunderson, 27, of Spring Valley.
Two other suspects — Joshua Jordan McGill, 18, of rural Spring Valley; and Logan Aaron Adler, 19, of Spring Valley — face misdemeanor assault and trespassing charges. They are to appear July 24 in court.
Three juveniles — two age 16 and one 17 — allegedly were with the six adults facing charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Mower County deputies responded about 9:50 p.m. June 20 for a burglary and assault at a home along East Cabot Street in LeRoy.
Deputies found four alleged victims — three age 20 and one 18 — who live at the residence along with two other victims, both 18, from Spring Valley. They all reported being assaulted once the group of nine kicked in the front door, the complaint says.
One of the alleged victims recently ended a relationship with Schmidt and was dating someone who lived at the LeRoy home, the complaint said.
Victims told deputies they awoke to the sound of pounding on a door, which then was kicked in. Authorities found a shoe print on the door that was split open near its latch.
The suspects entered the house and were confronted by two of the residents, who told them to leave. Schmidt allegedly started yelling and the suspects rushed one of the 20-year-olds.
People were shoved and struck during the altercation, which led to several wall holes and minor injuries.
The 20-year-old who was the focus of the attack had a swollen, black eye that was bleeding. He told deputies he was struck repeatedly by multiple assailants and that it felt like he was hit with brass knuckles.
A large amount of blood was on the kitchen table and garbage was strewn throughout the kitchen. A large scratch also was on a wall from someone throwing a microwave.