Franklin Police took a person of interest in a local kidnapping and separate death investigation into custody on Nov. 29.
Timothy Olson was spotted pushing a bicycle in the 7000 block of South 35th Street around 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, according to Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva. Officers approached him, he fled into a condominium complex and after a brief struggle, and deployment of a taser, Olson was apprehended.
"I wouldn't call this luck, I would call this very good, observant police work," Oliva said.
Oliva said Olson, 52, was wanted related to the identity theft and kidnapping of a 79-year-old Franklin woman on Nov. 23. He approached the woman at a local restaurant/bar and offered a drink; she declined and left. Olson followed her into the parking lot where he forced her into her own car at gunpoint and "held her for a number of hours," Oliva said. Police said he took cash and her credit card and drove her to at least one ATM.
Oliva said the 79-year-old is "very shook up" but doing fine.
Additionally, Olson is the suspect in at least two burglaries in the city, police said.
Olson had a warrant from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department for five counts of felony identity theft, according to the Racine Police Department.
Olson is also wanted by the South Milwaukee Police department in connection with an incident at a local tavern on Nov. 17 in which a 55-year-old woman, later identified as Kim Mikulance of Cudahy, died.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office could not determine her cause of death, according to a Nov. 25 report. The incident occurred at the Powers on 10th bar, 1815 10th Ave., South Milwaukee, the ME's office said.
"At this time, the investigation is ongoing, and it is not known if any crime has occurred, or if this incident is related to any other investigations by other jurisdictions," South Milwaukee Police said in a Nov. 22 news release.
Those other incidents relate to warnings from Racine Police who said Olson is linked to three women, including Mikulance, who fell unconscious in his presence at a bar. In a Nov. 21 statement, Racine Police alleged Olson "met women on dating apps and victimize(d) them, resulting in financial loss."
In one incident, a woman said she connected with Olson via Match.com. The two allegedly met at a bar, but she had no recollection of the ride home. The victim later found about $800 worth of unauthorized transactions from multiple Kwik Trip locations in southeastern Wisconsin on her debit card.
"There's no doubt this person would continue to do what he did until caught," Oliva said.
Franklin Police are pursuing charges of identity theft, kidnapping and burglary. There was no word on what charges the other involved jurisdictions would pursue.
Olson is currently in custody in Franklin being interviewed by detectives from Franklin, Racine and South Milwaukee. Oliva expected charges would go to the District Attorney's office in the next day or two, adding there is a lot of evidence to process.
Police said it is unclear where Olson has been residing though Oliva said he has relatives in the area.
Anyone who has been victimized in a similar fashion or someone with more information on these incidents is encouraged to contact ATF Task Force Officer Detective Contreras of the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (414)378-6734 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330.
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