Search Continues in Western Wis. for Burglary Suspect

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Numerous law enforcement agencies in western Wisconsin are asking for the public's assistance locating a suspect in a string of property crimes.

According to a news release from the Washburn County Sheriff's Department, on Monday around 8 a.m., dispatch received a call of a suspicious vehicle located in the driveway of a home in the Township of Springbrook; southeast of Hayward.

The homeowner told authorities the vehicle had run out of gas and wanted to make sure it was removed from his property.

A Deputy made contact with two people in the vehicle. The deputy said the male and female occupants gave conflicting statements. The Deputy attempted to arrest the man. Officers said that when a struggle began. The man was tased, but was still able to run into a nearby wooded area. The woman also fled the scene.

A K-9 unit was brought into track the suspects. The man was found and arrested. He's been identified as Scott Ziegler, of River Falls.

The woman, who the Sheriff's Department has identified as Lindsey Porter, 35, is still on the run.

She's described as 5’6” tall, 130 lbs., with black hair, blue eyes. Investigators say she was last seen wearing jeans, a black shirt and a black jacket.

Porter is from Hudson, but might be in Pierce or St. Croix counties.

Both Scott Ziegler and Lindsey Porter are facing multiple felony charges for numerous property crimes, as well as charges for resisting arrest by the Washburn County Deputy Sheriff.

The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, Washburn County K-9 Unit, Spooner Police Department, Minong Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Rice Lake Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service are all involved in the search.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Lindsey Porter, you're asked to call 911 or contact the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-468-4720.

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