Two face several charges in La Crosse home invasion

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Kenneth Lawson


Kristin Lopez


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Two La Crosse residents were charged with several counts today in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery in a La Crosse apartment Sunday.
Kenneth J. Lawson, 31, and Kristin L. Lopez, 23, were charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with the incident in an apartment in the 900 block of Seventh Street South.

Lawson and Lopez, both listed at the same address allegedly burst into the apartment, occupied by a woman and her brother, and forcefully stole money, according to the criminal complaint. Lawson used a gun in the invasion, the complaint says.
They two were preparing dinner when the woman answered a knock on the door. Upon answering, she saw a black man and a black woman, neither of whom she knew, the complaint says.
The man grabbed her by the throat, pushed her into the apartment, hit her in the face and threw her to the ground as she screamed. The female intruder began kicking and hitting the female victim.
The male occupant said he scuffled with the male invader, during which the suspect punched him five or six times in the head.
A pistol fell from the assailant’s waistband, which the occupant grabbed and ran into the bathroom, where the suspect tackled him.
The male occupant told police that he told the couple he would give the assailants the gun if he was able to unload it, which he did. The suspects then fled, having stolen an estimated $200 from the woman’s purse.
Both victims told police they feared for their lives during the encounter.
Police were able to connect a cellphone dropped in the apartment to Lawson, which eventually allowed them to identify him and the female suspect and where they lived, the complaint said.
Police took them into custody at their apartment, according to the complaint.
Lopez told police that three girls she didn’t know but Lawson did had been riding around with them that evening and told them there was cash in the apartment, the criminal complaint says.
Lawson’s charges include armed robbery with the use of force, a Class C felony punishable by a fine up to $100,000 or imprisonment up to 40 years, or both; possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class G felony punishable by a fine up to $25,000 or 10 years in prison, or both, and misdemeanor battery, punishable by a $10,000 fine or imprisonment up to nine months, or both.
Lopez’s charges include robbery with the use of force, a Class E felony punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 or for up to 15 years or both; possession of THC with intent to deliver, in connection with marijuana plants found in their apartment, a Class H felony, subject to a fine up to $10,000 or imprisoned up to six years, or both, and misdemeanor battery.