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UPDATE: New Charges Show Connection to Wausau Homicide

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Wed 2:49 PM, Feb. 5, 2014

A suspected weapons dealer is facing new criminal charges after investigators believe he may have made the silencer on a gun used to kill another man on Jan. 3.

According to court documents authorities received a tip that a convicted felon, Tyler Perkins, 25, had been selling weapons. Inside his home detectives found six loaded weapons, along with meth, and THC.

According to a press release, John Lewis, 30, is the suspect in the shooting of K.C. Elliot, 27. Police say Elliot was shot in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar. He later died at a nearby hospital. Click here to read more about the homicide investigation.

Investigators say Lewis fled the scene but was eventually arrested. The gun involved is believed to be small caliber, possibly a .22 pistol, however the weapon has not yet been located.

Investigators say a silencer located at Perkin's home was identical to photograph from Lewis' phone.

Perkins told investigators he had made the silencer. Court documents say the device was unique because a nut screwed into the handgun.

Perkins told police the silencer had been missing for four weeks, but three weeks ago, after Lewis' arrest, he found sitting in a bag on his doorstep.

Perkins admitted he and Lewis' were friends, however he had not sold him any guns.

Perkins remains behind bars on a $5,000 cash bond.

Lewis' is in custody on probation hold, but had not yet been charged with Elliot's death.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tues. 5:30 PM, Jan. 28, 2014

A suspected weapons dealer is now behind bars in the Marathon County Jail after investigators executed a search warrant at his Stratford home Tuesday.

According to court documents authorities received a tip that a convicted felon, Tyler Perkins, 25, had been selling weapons.

Inside the home detectives found six loaded weapons, along with meth, marijuana and THC.

Court documents also state while in a Michigan jail, Matthew Dupleasis, 24, said he bought weapons from Tyler Perkins. Dupleasis is the suspect in a Schofield home invasion. He's also considered a person of interest in the May 2013 burglary of Little Ceasar's in Schofield; although he has not been charged with that crime.

A woman living with Perkins, Jasmine Henry, 20, is also facing drug charges stemming from the search of the home.

Perkins is behind bars on a $10,000 signature bond, which would allow him to be released if he is able to put up the first $1,000 in cash.

Henry is free on a $1,000 signature bond.

Both will return to court next month.


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