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chagoya2A man could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted for his role in a home invasion/armed robbery that he and two other members of the Latin King street gang are accused of doing in March.

Mario Chagoya, 30, of Kenosha, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney‘s Office with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of false imprisonment, use of a dangerous weapon; three counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; aggravated battery, use of a dangerous weapon; burglary of a building, use of a dangerous weapon; and possession of a firearm by a felon. All of the charges include being party to a crime.

If convicted of all charges, Chagoya faces up to 253 years in prison. He also could be fined up to $505,000.

Officers were initially called to a home in the 2100 block of Fairview Trail on March 14 for a report of someone being shot and killed. When officers arrived on scene, however, they found that shots had been fired, but no one was struck or killed. Rather, they found that the three people inside the home had been beaten.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the victims told police he and two other men went to see his friend’s new furniture and television when three men with guns came into the house through an unlocked door. All three had their faces covered. Chagoya pistol whipped another man, and tied him up in plastic restraints. The three men started yelling at the three victims that they were members of the Latin Kings.

The three men ripped off the gold chains the victims were wearing, made one of the men open a safe, and took $7,000 in cash and other items that were in the safe.

One of the men told police that he heard a gunshots and one of the men referred to as Mario.

“Chagoya also fired one shot into the floor of the bedroom near where (the victim’s) head was positioned,” the complaint reads. “(The victim) was able to look up at the suspect and observed that his bandanna had slipped down and the face was no longer concealed. (The victim) immediately recognized this individual as Mario, the individual that had accompanied his cousin earlier.”

The victim told police that Mario had been at his house three days earlier.

Chagoya is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.

The other two suspects remain at large.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.