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Man accused of hitting elderly person with car, setting two vehicles on fire in Village of Waukesha

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 16:31:52-04

WAUKESHA — A 39-year-old set two vehicles and a workshop on fire and and hit another man with a car in the Village of Waukesha Wednesday morning, according to the authorities.

It is still unclear whether this incident is connected to another in Waukesha Wednesday morning, when a woman was set on fire and nearby schools went into 'lockout.' A person of interest was detained regarding that incident.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office says that deputies were called to S53 W26445 Fox Vale Court in the Village of Waukesha just after 9 a.m. for a report of a structure fire.

There, deputies learned that the 39-year-old had allegedly hit an 83-year-old man with a vehicle. The older man was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

An initial investigation has found that the younger man allegedly set two vehicles on fire, one in an attached garage and other parked in the driveway. Both vehicles were extinguished by homeowners, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities further believe that the suspect may have also set a detached workshop on fire. The damage to that building was significant, the sheriff's office said.

Lieutenant Nicholas Ollinger says the sheriff's office believes that a lone actor is behind the fires, and that there is no longer a threat to the community.

The fire is under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.

Mutual Aid assistance was received by the Village of Waukesha, City of Waukesha, Town of Vernon, City of New Berlin, Village of North Prairie and Wales/Genesee Fire Departments.

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