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New information released on suspect caught after high speed police chase

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MADISON (WKOW) --- Officials tell 27 News the pursuit of a suspect in an attempted homicide in Madison, James Kruger, began at 7 a.m. when there was a report of a home invasion in Cassville in Grant County.

At 9 a.m. authorities say Kruger took the owner of a pickup truck hostage in Iowa County.

Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michak says the hostage was able to get away from the suspect at a taxidermy business east of Dodgeville.

Michak says police made a reverse 911 call and schools in the area were locked down.

Later, authorities say the suspect was seen in Ridgeway driving a stolen Chevy Impala.

Officials say from the Barneveld area, the suspect continued towards Dane County.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney says Kruger reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour during pursuit.

Authorities say the Impala was spotted on Highway 18/151 eastbound.

Mahoney says around 12:45 p.m. police quickly deployed road spikes near CTH F in the town of Blue Mounds.

The suspect hit the spikes where he rolled his vehicle into a ditch.

Authorities say Kruger exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.

He is now in Iowa County Jail where he could be charged in Federal Court.

Mahoney and Michak say law enforcement cooperation, including the use of a state patrol plane to track Kruger's movements, made the end of his crime spree and run from the law possible, without anyone being seriously hurt. 

Last week, Kruger was arrested in Madison on a tentative, felony charge of eluding a police officer.

Despite the serious charge and a significant, criminal history, Kruger was released on a signature bond.

Kruger's mother, Barbara Hutchinson, tells 27 News, his release stunned her.

"I called the social worker and said, 'I know he's off his medication, he's bi-polar, he's having delusional thoughts and he needs help.' And they released him on a signature bond," Hutchinson tells 27 News.

"None of this would have happened had they just gotten him the help he needed," Hutchinson tells 27 News.

Dane County district attorney Ismael Ozanne tells 27 News anchor Amber Noggle the assistant district attorney who handled Kruger's case did not oppose the signature bond, believing Kruger was serving a probation term and would remain in jail on a probation hold.

But Mahoney says a records-check determined Kruger was not on probation , and was released.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says his office probably made a mistake when it allowed James Kruger to be released on a signature bond earlier this month.

Ozanne says the assistant district attorney assigned to a separate September 4 case involving Kruger allowed the signature bond because he thought Kruger, 36, would be picked up on a probation hold. However, Kruger's probation expired in August.

Ozanne added there's no guarantee Kruger wouldn't have been able to post the amount of bond Ozanne thinks his office could've asked for and gotten in that case. 

27 News reporter Tony Galli is covering this story and will have the latest in 27 News at 5 and 6.

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MADISON (WKOW) --- Dane County Dispatch tells 27 News that James Kruger has been caught.

A stretch of 151 /18 is closed in both directions near Blue Mounds.

Ambulances and other police vehicles are on the closed section of the road.

Crews on scene see a car in the ditch with smoke billowing from it.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says it is putting several school districts on lockdown due to the search for a stabbing suspect police consider armed and dangerous.

The suspect was previously identified as 36-year-old James Kruger, who stabbed a man in Madison on Sunday,

An Iowa County Sheriff's dispatcher tells 27 News officers are in pursuit of a green, GMC pickup truck, with the license plate number 209110F. They think he driver is armed and dangerous and urging people to use caution if they see the truck. The pickup was last seen on Clay Hill Road, near Ridgeway, driving northbound. 

The dispatcher says the Iowa County Sheriff's Office is locking down some schools due to the pursuit, including  Pecatonia, Ridgeway, Barneveld and Dodgeville.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Grant County Police are searching for the suspect wanted on attempted homicide charges for a stabbing early Monday morning in Madison.

Police say 36-year-old James Kruger, from Fall River, is wanted in connection with the stabbing in Madison on the 2600 block of Coolidge Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Madison detectives say Kruger was asked to leave the home and as he was leaving, stabbed a 48-year-old man there.

Kruger is also wanted as well for charges from Platteville Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff's Office. He was last sighted south of Cassville at approximately 7:15 a.m.

Kruger is considered armed and dangerous. Police say if you see him, do not attempt to make contact and you should seek safety. They say to contact police by dialing 911.

Police say his vehicle is a 2011 Black Honda Civic two-door with white decals, and Wisconsin license plates: 546-UWN.

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