Crime & Courts

Wisconsin man becomes 4th person charged in Woodstock home invasion

A Racine, Wisconsin, man is the fourth person to be charged in connection with a Woodstock home invasion that sent one victim to the hospital.

Roger L. Gardner Jr., 34, of the 1200 block of Erie Street, is charged with home invasion and mob action in connection with the Woodstock Police Department’s investigation of an April 7 home invasion.

Gardner is accused of entering a home in the 1900 block of Sheila Street, Woodstock, and threatening to shoot another man. He also is charged with kicking and hitting the man, with assistance from three other people, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. The incident sent one person to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Previous felony convictions would have barred Gardner from legally possessing any firearms, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Ray Lanz said.

If he were to be convicted of the most serious charge, home invasion, Gardner could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.

Police arrested Andrea L. Varnado of Woodstock earlier this week in connection with the incident. The Woodstock Police Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant together Wednesday at Varnado’s home in the
1700 block of Havens Drive. She remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday morning on $100,000 bond.

Warrants also have been issued for the arrests of two others – Jimmy and Donley Carey.

Police have plans to bring in more people for questioning, although it is unclear whether the department anticipates filing additional charges, Lanz said.

Gardner, Varnado and the Carey men knew the alleged victims and appeared to have targeted them in the attack, Lanz said, so there is no danger to the public.

“Our primary concern is the safety of the public, and if we have any inkling that any of these individuals were going to be a threat to the public, we would take appropriate measures,” Lanz said Friday.

Detectives continue to investigate the relationship between the four suspects and the alleged victims, which included a man, woman and 17-year-old girl. It’s unclear why the suspects might have entered the Woodstock home that day.

Anyone with information about the home invasion should contact Woodstock police, Lanz said.

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