UPDATE (WKOW) — The southern Wisconsin couple who were the subjects of a wide-ranging search have been captured.
Samuel R. Schutte, 34, formerly of rural Monroe, was captured in Toledo, Ohio by local police.
Stephanie E. Retzlaff, 28, of Monona, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Toledo by local police and U.S. Marshalls.
GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) — The Green County Sheriff’s Office is asking area residents to be on the lookout for two fugitives with local ties.
Arrest warrants have been issued for crimes committed in Green and surrounding counties consisting of armed robbery, thefts and bail jumping. Additional charges are pending.
Samuel R. Schutte, 34, formerly of rural Monroe, and Stephanie E. Retzlaff, 28, of Monona, are traveling together in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois and are suspects in a string of crimes over the past two months.
An armed robbery charge stems from an incident where Schutte threatened a family member with a firearm to obtain cash from a bank account. Retzlaff is named as a party to these crimes.
In Dane County, the couple evaded arrest after nearly striking a US Marshall with their vehicle.
Then in Milwaukee County, they managed to avoid capture after crashing a stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot after a nearly six mile chase.
The nature of their crimes, known drug use, and the extraordinary efforts made to avoid capture make them an elevated risk to the public.
The public is being asked to report any knowledge of their whereabouts or sightings to local law enforcement immediately.
Authorities warn people to not attempt to contact or confront these subjects as they are considered dangerous.