June 1, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Rob Chalifoux from West Bend Building Inspection carries plastic containers filled with rodents and reptiles from a side-by-side duplex on the northwest corner of Indiana Avenue and Linwood Terrace.
On May 31 the West Bend and East Troy Police Departments investigated a false imprisonment and sexual assault that occurred in both jurisdictions. During the investigation West Bend Officers located and arrested the 42-year-old male actor at 230 S. Indiana Avenue. That man is presently in the Walworth County Jail.
While officers were at the residence they noticed a foul odor coming from the basement. The officers investigated and found numerous snakes, mice, and other small reptiles in the basement.
On Friday, June 1, 2018 West Bend Police Officers, along with employees from West Bend Public Works, Building Inspection, Building Maintenance, the Milwaukee County Zoo and wardens from the Wisconsin DNR served an inspection warrant at the residence.
Workers removed 160 snakes ranging from 6 inches to 2 feet in length, in excess of 250 mice, several Dart Frogs and Gecko’s from the residence.
Several of the animals were in poor health, and several dead snakes and mice were also removed.
Building Inspectors notes several health and safety code violations. This investigation is continuing. The suspect will be charged with additional criminal and civil code violations.
The West Bend Police Department thanks all the employees from all the other departments and agencies involved in this investigation.
Neighbors said police were on scene for several hours.
Photos courtesy Terry the Tipster.