A 19-year-old Milwaukee man and a 14-year-old juvenile were referred to the Monroe County District after a home invasion and theft Jan. 22 in the town of Sparta.

Police were called to a report of woman who told police that a man, later identified as Bobby Antonio Clayton, broke into her house and stole her car. The woman said she was in bed when she saw a light coming from her kitchen. She said Clayton came into her bedroom and hit her and threatened to kill her if she screamed.

The woman said she was able to escape the bedroom and get to the porch and began screaming before Clayton dragged her back in the house. She said Clayton ripped her pants off and sexually assaulted her before leaving.

Police later received a report of a car matching the description of the stolen vehicle driving erratically on Interstate 90 east of Sparta. A chase ensued with speeds reaching 120 mph before the vehicle crashed between Mauston and Lyndon Station. Clayton was injured in the crash and appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report. He was handcuffed to a gurney and transported by ambulance to a Madison hospital.

Police believed there was a second suspect in the robbery, and a canvass of the neighborhood led them to the juvenile, who originally told police he had been at home all night. After police identified a laptop that was stolen during the robbery, the juvenile admitted to knowing Clayton and said the two decided to go “car shopping,” in which they looked for unlocked vehicles to remove valuables.

The report says the juvenile admitted being present during the home invasion. He told police he grabbed the laptop and quickly fled and was unaware of what else happened inside the residence. He was taken to a juvenile detention center in La Crosse.

Clayton was referred for burglary, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, sexual assault, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, drunk driving and operating after revocation.

The juvenile was referred for theft, criminal damage to property, possession of stolen property and being party to a crime.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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