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A Mauston man faces criminal charges after police say he burglarized a home and pointed a gun at a woman.

Matthew Testa, 27, is charged with burglary of a dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, theft, pointing firearm at another and two counts of felony bail jumping. He faces up to 15 years imprisonment for the first charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Mauston Police officer working Dec. 6, 2014 was dispatched to a Tremont Street house in Mauston after receiving a report of a burglary taking place. Two males were reported on the premise wearing dark clothing who left in an SUV and were travelling on Elm Street.

Upon arriving at the residence, the officer met with the reporting party, an adult female. The female stated she witnessed the individuals taking firearms from a bedroom in the home. She said she argued and fought with the males until the ran from the house.

The officer went upstairs and observed “a wooden gun cabinet that had the glass broken out of it, as well as two rifles laying on the bed with multiple other items.”

The female stated she asked the individuals what they were doing in her house and one of them, identified as having a tattoo near his eye, pointed a gun at her in reply.

“He took my money,” The individual stated. He was later identified as Testa.

Testa then pushed the female out of the way and ran to the car. He dropped his hat in the alley. The female took it back into the house and it was placed in evidence by the police.

The hat was transported to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab for testing. The hat was eventually linked to Testa’s DNA.

A correspondent with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab stated “the probability of randomly selecting the observed STR DNA profile from a population of unrelated individuals is approximately one in four trillion.”

Testa is not currently in the Juneau County Jail. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for Feb. 20 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

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Juneau County Star-Times reporter