Man Arrested After Chase Through Grant, Iowa, Dane Counties

A man is custody after he led numerous law enforcement agencies  on a chase from Grant County through Iowa County and ending on Highway 18/151 near Blue Mounds, between Barneveld and Mount Horeb.

James Kruger, age 36, was spotted south of Cassville Tuesday morning just after 7am driving a Honda Civic.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department says Kruger assaulted a man in the Village of Cassville and took several guns. A search continued for several hours after shots were fired south of Cassville.

He later ditched his car outside of Cassville, getting into a pickup truck with a cattle trailer. The pickup had Riedl Farms written on the side.

Kruger took a male hostage along with the truck. He held the hostage at gunpoint as he took off in the stolen truck. A woman was also threatened by gunpoint but was not taken hostage. She later called police.

Believed to be heading toward Bloomington, River Ridge Middle School went into a preventative lockdown when alerted. Cassville’s schools had been on lockdown as well. Numerous other schools were placed on lockdown as well.

The cattle trailer was unhooked and left on a back road.

From there Kruger went to Iowa County.  The male hostage was released in Dodgeville unharmed. Kruger was reported seen in the Hollandale area southeast of Dodgeville. One report said that he had stopped to ask for directions to get to Ridgeway. It was also believed that he had explosives with him in the vehicle.

Authorities were able to stop Kruger in Dane County. Both lanes of Highway 18/151 were blocked near Blue Mounds. The stolen vehicle driven by Kruger was forced into a ditch. Kruger was taken into custody.

Kruger was reported as uninjured.

Both lanes of Highway 18/151 were closed through the afternoon as authorities conducted their investigation and cleared the site.

Kruger is a suspect in a Monday stabbing in Madison. He’s also believed to be involved in an incident in the Holmen area Tuesday morning.

He was also wanted on charges from the Platteville Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

More charges are pending. The victims’ names have not yet been released.

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