On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff received a report of a subject entering multiple vehicles and also a home in St. Anthony near the intersection of County Trunk DW and County Trunk W. Bystanders had identified the vehicle they believed belonged to the suspect and removed the keys from the ignition. Prior to the 911 call, the suspect entered an unlocked home and was confronted by a female resident. He then fled.
Just prior to the Sheriff’s Office receiving the call, another one of the victims had trapped the suspect in the victim’s vehicle. The bystander was attempting to detain him as another subject called 911. It is believed the suspect realized that bystanders had removed the keys to his get-away vehicle, and he was now trying to steal another vehicle.
The suspect was able to get out of the victim’s vehicle and flee the area on foot again before deputies arrived on scene. Responding squads set up a perimeter and began to search his last know location.
During the investigation we determined that the vehicle the suspect initially drove to the scene was reported stolen out of Chicago. Inside the vehicle there were several items of electronics which did not belong to the actual owner of the car. It was later determined the items were stolen came from another jurisdiction north of Washington County.
After about 1.5 hours of searching, deputies were able to pick up his heat signature using a FLIR device near a barn. Contact was made with the 21-year-old Milwaukee man and he was taken into custody.
He was covered from head to toe in manure. He remains in custody at the Sheriff’s Office for burglary and obstructing (provided a false name) charges. He also had a felony warrant through Probation and Parole for a burglary charge. When he was arrested he was wearing a GPS bracelet.