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Suspect In Custody After Threats Made Against Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dodge County

11-Aug-2019

A juvenile suspect is in custody after threats were made toward two separate elders of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dodge County Sunday morning.


The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the two elders received threatening text messages just after 9 am Sunday while they were at home. The threats indicated the meeting and congregation were “going to be blown up today”. The threats were sent from a “spoofed” number, which prevents direct contact or identification of the sender of the threats. Through the investigation, authorities were able to determine the device used to make the threats – and eventually the suspect.


No explosives were found inside the Kingdom Hall in the Town of Beaver Dam during a search by a dog trained in detecting explosives. Sheriff’s officials say the two people who received threats are involved in the Spanish language meetings that are held at that location; however, the threats were determined to not be hate crimes directed towards any religion or ethnicity. Charges against the suspect will be filed in juvenile court in their county of residence. Information about where that is was not released by the Sheriff’s Office.


The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Sun Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the investigation.

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