Juvenile threatens two church elders

Juvenile threatens two church elders

BEAVER DAM -- The Dodge County Sheriff's Department has been investigating a number of threats that were issued to a pair of elders from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's witness in Beaver Dam over the weekend.

A suspect was identified and confessed to sending the threats, according to Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt.

"That person is a juvenile, and therefore will not be identified," Schmidt said. "Reports and a request for charges will be forwarded to juvenile court in that person's county of residence."

A media release from Schmidt's office stated that shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, two separate elders of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, located in the town of Beaver Dam, received text message threats while at their homes.

"The threats indicated the meeting and congregation were going to be blown up today," Schmidt said. "The elders who received the threats, are involved in the Spanish-speaking meetings that occur at that location. The threats were sent from a 'spoofed' phone number, preventing direct contact/identity of the sender of the threats. However, the investigation was able to determine the device used to spoof the number, and eventually the suspect."

The threats made were determined not to be hate crimes directed toward any religion or ethnicity. The building was searched with a dog trained in explosive detection and no explosives were found.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by 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.

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