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UPDATE: Suspect identified in Schofield kidnapping

UPDATE: Officials say 24-year-old Ter-Rance Phillit Simmons beat up and kidnapped his girlfriend before a deadly car crash.

Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz says incidents like this don’t happen very often.

“When officers arrived on scene it was very quickly noted that she had been forcefully removed from this scene,” says Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz. “Once we interviewed the victim we were able to get a lot of information about the suspect.”

The alleged kidnapping victim was able to get away before Simmons allegedly led police on a chase leading to the crash.

“When somebody decides not to yield for a police officer, it’s a decision we’re reacting to,” Chief Clay Schulz added. “We would obviously want them to stop and pullover. It’s a lot safer and in this case they chose to not stop. You want to capture him but you don’t want anybody to be injured. In this case there was a high probability that if he was not captured he would’ve continued to commit violent crimes wherever he was.”

The DOJ says Ter-Rance, along with 26-year-old Terrance P. Simmons died in the crash.


UPDATE (4/30/19) — New information has come out via a press release from Everest Police.

According to the release, officials responded to a report of battery in Schofield at 12:07 Sunday morning before finding out that a woman “was beaten and forcefully taken away from the scene in a vehicle.”

The victim’s boyfriend was reported to be the suspect, per the release. He was also reported to  have assaulted another woman who tried to intervene, the release said.

When police interviewed the victim, they discovered the suspect’s identity, possible whereabouts and that he was also “armed with a loaded handgun.”

Officials identified a suspect vehicle during their investigation, which crashed as police were attempting to locate it, the release said. Both occupants in the vehicle died in the crash; one of the occupants was confirmed to be the battery suspect, per the release.

An investigation is ongoing, and identities are not being disclosed at this time.


UPDATE (WAOW) — An incident from Marathon County is related to a pursuit and crash near Portage, according to the Everest Metro Police Chief.

According to the Department of Justice, police were trying to locate a vehicle believed to be carrying a person suspected of a kidnapping attempt in central Wisconsin.

The suspect-vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-trailer, killing the driver and passenger of the car, according to the DOJ.

The DOJ is investigating this as an officer involved death.

Stay with News 9 for any developments.


UPDATE (WKOW) — Two people were pronounced dead on scene Monday morning after a car crashed into the back of a semi-trailer, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The driver of the car was being sought on suspicion of involvement in a kidnapping over the weekend, Portage Police Chief Ken Manthey told the Portage Daily Register.


UPDATE (WKOW) —  An alternate route was provided Monday morning after a serious crash caused all southbound lanes of  I-39 at WIS 33 to be shut down.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said drivers heading that way should instead take WIS 33 west to I-90/94. South on I-90/94 back to the intersection with I-39.


COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — All southbound lanes of I-39 at WIS 33 are blocked due to a serious crash, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The crash near Portage was reported just before 8 a.m. Monday.


Crews expect the closure to be in place throughout the morning commute.

Courtney Terlecki

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