KENOSHA -- The suspect behind a massive police search in Kenosha that shut down three city blocks Tuesday night has been taken into custody, the police department said Wednesday afternoon.
It all began Tuesday afternoon, when officers noticed a stolen car behind a home on 24th Avenue, Lt. James Beller said in a news release. The car was reportedly stolen by a 29-year-old Racine man who was wanted for charges involving weapons, Lt. Beller added.
The suspect was believed to be in a home near the stolen car, so officers enlisted the support of the Kenosha County Tactical Response Team to search the house, a search that created both confusion and concern among neighbors Tuesday night. The suspect was not found.
“There were cops all over the place. Right over there by the green truck there was a sniper. They also just broke out a bunch of windows with a robot. They fired tear gas in the house already,” said witness Steve Pounders.
“I have no idea what the situation is, they just told us to stay indoors, we can’t leave the house,” said Cameron Feest who lives across the street.
Around 9 p.m., flash bang after flash bang was heard in the house. Police ran inside and could be heard checking the house. After 10 p.m. police started to clear the scene. No one was seen leaving the house in handcuffs.
Later that night, however, just before 1:00 a.m., officers took the suspect into custody in a car that was stopped in the 4400 block of 30th Avenue.
Criminal charges have been referred to the Kenosha County Attorney's Office and should be filed in the coming days.